The supply and demand of the aquarium industry

Taiji and the aquarium industry know something about supply and demand.  They, like we, know that Taiji is the world’s largest supplier of live dolphins for the aquarium, marine park and swim-with industry.  They also know something that does not occur to you or to me.

Taiji and the aquarium industry searching for the intersection via capture vs kill

Taiji and the aquarium industry searching for the intersection via capture vs kill

They know that this graph steers the daily tactics inside a strategy.  They know that the X-axis is the number of dolphins available to the trading in dolphin lives and that the Y-axis is the amount of money that can be made from that trade.

They know that killing dolphins has little to do with eating dolphins.  They know that it has to do with this graph.

Taiji and the world’s aquarium industry know that, somewhere on this graph, there is a sweet spot for both of them.  And that killing is part of skewing the sweet spot to one intersection point or another.

This graph shows all that.

It also shows why the aquarium industry is at least constructively complicit in the killings when it provides a market for Taiji dolphins.  And why the International Marine Animal Trainers Association and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums need to step away from Taiji and cease purchasing dolphins from this “sweet spot”, that is, killing, machine.

Don’t go to the dolphin show and get that complicity all over you when you buy the ticket.  Sign the petitions to IMATA and WAZA to demand that they stop supporting the Taiji killing machine.

Otherwise, this is what you buy.

pStriped dolphins Taiji February 11 2013

On February 11, 2013, a family of 100 – 120 striped dolphins was driven into the Cove in Taiji, Japan. All family members were killed but about 20.  The mothers and brothers and children in this photo are now dead.  Photo Credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardians



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