Target: SeaWorld Chief Zoological Officer Brad F. Andrews
Goal: Pressure SeaWorld to abandon plans to import a dolphin from Japan to be displayed in San Antonio
Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) granted SeaWorld permission to import a captive Pacific white-sided dolphin named Kirara from Kamogawa SeaWorld in Japan to SeaWorld in San Antonio where she will be on “public display.” Not only is the 22 hour transport terrifying and dangerous for Kirara, but it also encourages the capture and killing of dolphins that occurs each year in Taiji.
Kirara was born into captivity at Kamogawa Sea World, but her parents were torn from their home in the wild. According to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), Kirara’s parents were intentionally taken for captivity. White-sided dolphins are typically captured by nets beyond the Taiji Cove because they were known to injure themselves on the rocks in an attempt to escape when driven into the Cove.
Sea Shepherd USA Administrative Director Susan Hartland said, “Though Kirara was captive-born, by allowing this dolphin born of wild-caught parents to be imported by SeaWorld from Japan for captivity, the NOAA is supporting Japan’s continued capture and killing of dolphins. Sea Shepherd is outraged that this federal agency would stand behind Japan’s horrific treatment of intelligent, socially complex marine mammals, especially as the United States government has condemned Japan’s drive fisheries and illegal whale hunts.” According to SSCS, SeaWorld has until June 30, 2017 to import Kirara to SeaWorld San Antonio.
SeaWorld’s website states, “Our commitment to animal care, conservation, rescue and research has advanced the well-being of animals in our parks as well as the wild.” We must encourage SeaWorld Chief Zoological Officer Brad F. Andrews to take his own company’s words to heart and abandon all plans to subject Kirara to this terrifying transport that in effect encourages the capture and killing of more dolphins in Japan.
Dear Mr. Andrews,
I was saddened to learn that SeaWorld has plans to transport a captive Pacific white-sided dolphin named Kirara from Kamogawa SeaWorld in Japan to SeaWorld in San Antonio, where she will be on “public display.” Not only will this transport be terrifying for Kirara, but it also endorses the capture and killing of dolphins that occurs each year in Taiji, Japan.
SeaWorld claims to be committed to “animal care, conservation, rescue and research.” Please take these words to heart and do not transport Kirara from Japan.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) via Wikimedia Commons