ACT for Dolphins

Scientist Statement Against the Japanese Drive Hunt


To the Government of Japan, We, the undersigned members of the community of marine mammal scientists,  veterinarians, and conservation biologists, implore you to put an end to the brutal  treatment and unsustainable slaughter of dolphins (including small toothed whales) in the Japanese drive fisheries. Scientific research shows that dolphins are highly intelli- gent, self-aware and emotional animals with strong fam- ily ties and complex social lives. In ad- dition, repeated recommendations from the international scientific and man- agement communi- ties (for example, the Scientific Com- mittee of the Inter- national Whaling Commission) to end this hunt have been ignored, and there are no current popu- lation assessments of most targeted  dolphin species in Japanese waters. We urge you to lead the way and take action in stopping the inhumane treatment and killing of these highly sentient mammals.  We strongly believe that the sourcing of animals from this fishery for any purposes, including human consumption, fertilizer and pet food manufacturing, and live public display, is unethical. We believe it is a violation of the code of professional ethics concerning collection from the wild for any zoo, aquarium or public display facility to be associated with these hunts in any way. This includes the direct sourcing of dolphins from these hunts for education or breeding programs or the indirect exchange of animals with facilities that may be closely associated with a drive fishery.



Diana Reiss, Ph.D.
Hunter College
Paul J. Boyle, Ph.D.
Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Sam Ridgway, D.V.M., Ph.D.
University of California
Debi Colbert. Ph.D.
Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Lori Marino, Ph.D.
Emory University
Randall Wells, Ph.D.
Chicago Zoological Society
Hal Whitehead, Ph.D.
Dalhousie University, Canada
Louis M. Herman, Ph.D.
University of Hawaii
Paul Nachtigall, Ph.D.
University of Hawaii
Richard Connor. Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
William F. Perrin, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Douglas Wartzok, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Provost, Florida International University
Robin W. Baird, Ph.D.
Cascadia Research Collective
Christopher W. Clark
Cornell University
Adam Pack, Ph.D.
University of Hawaii
William E. Evans, Ph.D.
University of Notre Dame
James Estes, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, UC Santa Cruz
Laureline Meynier, Ph.D.
Massey University, New Zealand
David Bain
University of Washington
Sarah Mesnick, Ph.D.
Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Janet Mann, Ph.D.
Georgetown University
Leszek Karczmarski, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
Corrie Allen, Ph.D.
Lone Wolf Bioscience
Giovanni Di Guardo. DVM, Dipl. ECVP
University of Teramo, Italy
Dr. L.P. Verstraten
University of Amsterdam
Cornelis Hazevoet Ph.D.
Lisbon National Museum of Natural History
Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara Ph.D.
Tethys Research Institute, Italy
Dr. Victoria Turner
Appin Scientific Limited
Lei Lani Stelle, Ph.D
Coastal Ecosystems Research Foundation
Heidi Lyn, Ph.D.
New York Aquarium, Hunter College
Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.
Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island
Dr. Ben Maughan
UK Hydrographic Office
Peter Gill, Ph.D.
Australocetus Research
Francisco J Alvarez
Unversidad Del Valle
Jenn Tackaberry
University of Miami
Carole Carlson
University of Miami
Jen Way
University of Miami
Amanda Johnson
James Cook University Australia
Eileen Kelly
Nova Southeastern University
Nedra Guckert
Royal Veterinary College, UK
Cristina Castro
Pacific Whale Foundation
Jacki Childering
Earthling Enterprises
Joseph Olson
Cetacean Research Technology
Darin Padula
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Renee Owens
ACRE International Association for Conservation, Research and Education
Maria Morele
University of Sao Paolo
Patricia Lieberg-Clark
Cabrillo College
Wei-Chien Lai
Yale University
Ming-Hua Lzz
Taiwan Cetacean Society
Palma Formica
San Francisco State University
Andres Baquero
University of San Diego
Pam Cotton
University North Carolina Wilmington
Deb Benham
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
Gaby T. Pinto
University of Auckland
Geneviere Johnson
Earth Ocean
Sara Earhart
Ocean Institute
Ryan Wulff
Scripps Institute
Laura Conatser
Wake Forest
Alicia Retes
San Diego Natural History Museum
Francisco Viddi
Centro Bellena Azul
Maddacova Boarri
Ocean Conservation Society
Kym Walsh
Nova Southern University
Maggie Kellogg
University of Florida
Kristen Ampela
City University of New York
Gaby Tezanes
University of Auckland
Luiza Pacheco De Godoy
Patti Thompson
Save the Manatee Club
Nina Young
ORCAS Consulting
Joy Ferenbaugh
Texas Tech University
Ruth Searce
University of Wales
Marianne Marcoux
McGill University
David Campbell
Beth Crompton
University of Miami
Jimena Belgrano
Fundación Cethus - Argentina Conservation Department
Pawel Achtel
Independent Wildlife Film Maker
Pere Morera, M.Sc.
Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Nicola Clark
University of Wales, Bangor
Renee Prince
Filmmaker, author of popular articles on science, marine mammals, nature
Sonia Roberts
University of Sydney
Liliane Lodi
Instituto Ecomama
Adolfo Hubner de Jesus, M.Sc.
Aquatic Mammals Institute, Brazil
Joern Selling
Foundation for Information and Research on Marine Mammals
Terri Bidle
Marine Biologist and Zoologist
Joan Gonzalvo
Cetecean Research Group, University of Barcelona, Spain
Eric Montie
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/MIT
Claudia Diaz-Guzman
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico
Tiphaine Jeanniard du Dot, M.Sc
University of British Columbia
Sheryl Gilmore
Acadia Institute of Oceanography
Valeria Vergara
University of British Columbia
Becky Torres-Lara
Dolphin Research Center
Peter Olesiuk
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Arthur Wong
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
Lisa C. Smith
Marine Animal Lifeline, Maine USA
Robyn Morcom
Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, South Australia
Shannon McKay
PhD student, Australia
Max Carstairs
PhD student, Cardiff University, UK
Manuel Arbelo
Institute for Animal Health, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Daphna Feingold
University of Haifa, Israel
Linda Price-May
Center For Coastal Studies Texas A&M University
Andrea Heckman
Amanda L. Bradford, MS
WA Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit School of Aquatic
& Fishery Sciences, University of Washington
Susan L Harris
Grad Student - Environmental Studies
Kirk Linaje
Marine Animal Rescue Society, Miami, FL
Sheri Etchemendy
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Ruth Johnson
NOAA Fisheries
Wendy Ritger
Environmental Scientist/Consultant, TEC, Inc
Marilyn Marx
New England Aquarium
Chris Ing
California State University, San Marcos
Aafke Verkade
European Association for Aquatic Mammals and International Marine Animal Trainers Association
Rudi Gobbo
University of Padua, Italy
Kelly Newman
University of Alaska
Tineke Joustra
Bsc Hons Animal Management
Bernardo Garcia Carreras, MEng
University of Bath, UK
Trevor Long
Director of Marine Sciences Sea World Australia
Gail Gray
NSW Dept. of Environmental and Conservation Australia
Dimitar Nikolov Berov
Masters Student, marine biology, University of Southern Denmark
Nick Tregenza
Hon. Research Fellow, Institute of Marine Studies, University of
Plymouth, UK
Susan Zaretsky
NOAA Fisheries
Rosemary Seton
Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic
Melissa Green, M.S
Coastal Planning & Engineering, Inc
Drasko Holcer
Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation
Wilhelmina S. Innes
Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, Washington, D.C.
Matt Hingley
Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria
Michael O’Brien
Cairns Tropical Zoo
Lisa Browning
Reefology (marine environmental consultancy)
Rachel Lynne Tapp, B.S
Michigan State University
Marija Kuljeric, BSc
Center for Sea Research, Croatia
Wendy Noble
Ranger National Parks & Wildlife Service
Jason Blackburn
Concerned Scientist, National Marine Fisheries Service
Rauno Lauhakangas, MSc
Nordic Oceanica, International Solovetskij Beluga Research Unit
Christi Diamond
The Whale Museum
Tatiana Bisi
University of Săo Paulo, Brazil
Jennifer Messineo
California Department of Fish & Game
Sónia Mendes
University of Aberdeen
Stacie Hooper
Ecology Graduate Group, University of California, Davis
Amy Miller
Manage Education at a US Dolphinarium
Giorgia Gambini
University of Milan
Bryan Brockman
GE Infrastructure
Alexis Radovich
California State University
Stefani Skrovan
MLML California State University
Amy Betcher
Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
Carlos Yaipenllanos
Organization for Research and Conservation of Animals: Marine
Mike Bossley
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
Nesime Askin
Oceanographic Environmental Research Society
Michael Belanger
Oceanographic Environmental Research Society
Jo Wiszniewski
Macquarie University
Ann Spellman
University of Central Florida
Harald Benve
German Ocean
Julie Tennis
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Fernando Trujillo
Fundacion Omacha
Robin Quirk
Sensor Technology
Jorge Ramos
University of Texas at El Paso
Amanda Harris
Humboldt State Marine Mammal Education and Research
Melissa Batka
Marine Mammal Education and Research Program, Humbolt University
Lora Reeve
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Pamela Sweeney
Marine Animal Rescue Society
Kathy Friches
Jessica Crance
University of San Diego
Isabel Cristina Avila
University of Valle, Fundacion Yuborta
Dr. Megan Ferguson
Amanda Searby, Ph.D.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Gareth Pearce B.V.Sc Ph.D. MRCVS
University of Cambridge, UK.
Brenda McCowan, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis
Diana Weber, Ph.D.
American Museum of Natural History and Wildlife Conservation Society
Marcela Junin , Ph.D.
Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Giovanni Bearzi, Ph.D.
Tethys Research Institute, Italy
Naomi A. Rose, Ph.D.
Humane Society International
Alison S. Craig, Ph.D.
Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland
Koen Van Waerebeek, Ph.D.
CEPEC, Museo de Delfines, Pucusana, PERU
Dr. Sophie Quérouil
IMAR-Univ. Azores
Daryl P. Domning, Ph.D.
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Jim Moore, Ph.D.
SoCal Primate Research Forum/ African Ape Study
Jeff K. Jacobsen
Humboldt State University
Frank Veit, Ph.D.
International Laboratory for Dolphin Behaviour Research
Ellen Hines, Ph.D.
San Francisco State University
Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.
Arkansas State University
Mark D. Uhen, Ph.D.
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Dr. Jeff Goodyear
Habit Research
Chris Parsons, Ph.D.
George Mason University & University (of London) Marine Biological Station Millport
Lindy Weilgart, Ph.D.
Dalhousie University, Canada
Dr. Merel Dalebout
Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Brian Bloodworth
Texas A&M University
Dr. Rob Williams
Raincoast Conservation Society
Lee & Kristin Grubbs
Chesapeake Bay Field Lab
Steve Gulick
Wildland Security
Tony Gallucci
Gulf Coast Laboratory for Wildlife Research
Bryant Austin
Pacific Cetacean Group
Isabel Beasley
James Cook University, Australia
Jackie Hildering
Earthling Enterprises
Andy Foote
Durham University
Ruth Leeney
University of Exeter
Nick Pyenson
University of California
Ellen Shively
Sierra Club
Zack Hazehamp
Natacha Aguiler
LaLagure University
Jaime Bolanos
Tscherter Ursula
Ocean Research and Education Society
Jenny Alessi
Sigme Sveegaard
National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark
Sara Bebus
Florida Atlantic University
Jack Yang
NTU Taiwan
Liz Hawkins
SCU Whale Research Center
Cindy Hansen
Orca Network
Pierre Gallego
National History Museum, Luxembourg
Gwilym David Haynes
PhD student, University of Sydney,
Faculty of Veterinary Science
Holly Smith
Dept Conservation and Land Management and Murdoch University
Miguel Iñíguez
Fundación Cethus
Renata Sousa-Lima, M.S.
Cornell University Ph.D. Candidate
Audrey Amorim Corrêa
Brazilian Right Whale Project
Karina Groch
Projeto Baleia Franca - IWC/Brasil
Maria Emilia Morete
Humpback Whale Institute
Tatiana Lemos Bisi
University of Săo Paulo
Victoria Cullins
Wild Dolphin Foundation
Michelle Brandão de Oliveira Sarlo
State University of Bahia - Brasil
Rodrigo Maia-Nogueira
BIOTA Aquática and Universidade Católica do Salvador
Mariana Batha Alonso
Projeto BioPesca, SP, Brasil / Instituto Oceanográfico da Universidade de São Paulo, (IOUSP), Brasil
André Guerreiro
University of Rochester
Kylee Jones
Marine Education Officer - Sea World Australia
Catherine Herron
Dip.Teach University New England
Richard McCouaig
BA (Appl. Sc), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane