Japan Dolphins Day: The Connections Between Vancouver Aquarium’s Dolphins and Japan, plus Vegan Nutritionist Nikki Hurst

August 31, 2017

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September 1st is Japan Dolphins Day, and also marks the opening season of the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.

Nikki Hurst, Nutritionist, answers all your vegan questions!

Nutritionist Nikki Hurst will discuss all the common questions that non-vegans ask, regarding protein, iron, calcium, B12, and amino acids and the ill effects of obtaining these from animals. She tells us about how a meat-centered diet harms the environment, aids antibiotic resistance, harms animals, and affects impoverished nations.

Gary Charbonneau, Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, for Japan Dolphins Day


The late Spinnaker at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Local filmmaker and animal advocate Gary Charbonneau (Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered) discusses the Vancouver Aquarium’s lawsuits against him and the Vancouver Park Board.

September 1st is Japan Dolphins Day, and Gary gives us the details about how the Vancouver Aquarium obtained their last three dolphins: Spinaker, Helen, and Hana.
Spinnaker was bought from Osaka Ring Aquarium where he lived for 10 years performing tricks. He had no stranding numbers which means he probably came from the drive and not fishing nets as claimed.

Helen performed at Enoshima Aquarium for 9 years before Vancouver purchased her. She also had no stranding numbers.

Hana also came from Enoshima where she lived for 2 years. She was the perfect candidate for release but Vancouver never even considered rehabilitating her under their own rehabilitation program. Instead, they listened to the Japanese government who said she wasn’t releasable. She was the only one to have stranding numbers.

Not one of these dolphins was rescued or rehabilitated from the aquarium. Hana did not even meet the criteria for coming into Stanley Park, but the aquarium brought her and Helen in without Park Board Commissioners knowing. Tune in to find out more details about the background of these dolphins and their origins from Japan.

To find out more about the Taiji dolphin slaughter, please watch the Academy award-winning documentary film “The Cove“. And you can also listen to our past interview with “The Cove’s” Ric O’Barry here.

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