Life Investigation Agency (LIA) filed a Criminal Accusation against Katsuki Hayashi,the curator of the Taiji Whale Museum, for allegation of violating the Animal Protection Law by killing four dolphins.  ※2 Bottlenose, 1 Pacific White Sided and 1 Spotted. 

The Criminal Accusation was filed on October 6th, 2018 to Wakayama Prefectural Police Headquarters.

The case was sent from police to the Shingu branch of the Wakayama District Public Prosecutors Office today, on March 7th, 2019.

Please refer to the following documents for further details.


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Criminal Accusation

October 6, 2018

Attention: General Manager, Wakayama Prefectural Police

1.    Accuser        Name of Organization: NGO Life Investigation Agency

   Name of Individual: Ren Yabuki (Director)


2.    Defendant     Address: 2934-2 Taiji, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama

      Name of Facility: The Taiji Whale Museum

      Name of Individual: Katsuki Hayashi (Director)

3.    Accusation Facts

The pet animal, dolphins were placed in a fish preserve tank located on the coastal regions of Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture, which the defendant possesses. While Typhoon No.24 was approaching, the defendant left the dolphins confined in the tank where there was no place to hide and resulted as four dead and one injured dolphins on September 29, 2018.

4.    Charged Offense and Penal Article

As the fact falls under the Law of Humane Treatment and Management of Animals, Chapter 6 “Article 44-2” and “Article 44-4-2,” the accuser would like to bring an accusation against the defendant and would like to request an investigation.

5.    Circumstances of Accusation

The “fish preserve tank (Ikesu)” installed in Moriura bay on the coastal regions of Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture, is made from a reticulated material with a structure enabling seawater to go in and out smoothly.

In addition, floaters are tied on the upper part of the tank’s net and wooden boards are placed on top of that, fixing the tank in a square shape. Since the bottom of the net is firmly anchored, it is difficult for the confined dolphins to transfer along with the tank by themselves. Therefore, there was no safe place for the dolphins to escape from the typhoon, even if they feared for their safety.

As Yoneko-river flowing into the Moriura Bay is very shallow, the river often gets very cloudy in heavy rains and typhoons. In addition, since the Moriura Bay is shallow, if the Yoneko-river increases the amount of water during heavy rains or typhoons, the mud water flowing out from the mouth of Yoneko-river worn away the seabed of Moriura Bay. Furthermore, a cloud of organic matters in the seabed would further deteriorate the condition of muddy water and flows into the fish preserve tank located in the same bay. People are aware of this fact and placing the fish preserve tank in such location, plus, “restraining dolphins in a place where it is difficult to maintain health and safety” was obvious. Therefore, the accuser decided to prosecute the case.

This falls under Chapter 6-Article 44-2, “discontinuing feeding and/or watering, abuse or by restraining a humane animal to places where it is difficult to maintain good health and safety without due cause and let the animal debilitated.” Moreover, as for dolphins, it falls under the said law, Article 44-4.

In accordance with the law concerning the protection and management of animals, we would like to request to conduct proper investigations as well as strict punishments so that such illegal acts would no longer exist.

6.    Attachments

1)     A photograph of the actual fish preserve tank used by The Taiji Whale Museum (taken at Moriura Bay)

2)     A photograph taken at close range of the actual fish preserve tank used by The Taiji Whale Museum (taken at Kujirahama(※Kujira-beach))



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