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Japan Gets The Boot Over Ties To Bloody Dolphin Hunt

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, two dolphins jump as a performance at Okichan Theater of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquari
In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, two dolphins jump as a performance at Okichan Theater of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu, on the southern island of Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa is Japan's southernmost prefecture and more than 300,000 foreign tourists visit to Okinawa every year. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japanese zoos and aquariums obtain their dolphins in such a brutal way that they've been kicked out of the global zoo community until they end the practice.

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), an international community of 1,300 facilities, announced on Wednesday that it had unanimously voted to suspend the membership of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) due to concerns that JAZA members were obtaining captive dolphins from vicious Japanese drive hunts.

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