Parents of Japan Dolphin import to Seaworld was caught in Taiji - Federal Register July 2014.

Although Seaworld recently sent out this statement;

they apparently still feels it's ok to import a dolphin who's parents were caught in Japan where thousands are slaughtered or captured for a life of slavery, just like this dolphin's parents.

- Seaworld: "This move is for the good of the dolphin, so she can be with her own kind"-Me: "...but she was with her own kind in Japan with her mother..."

- Seaworld: "This move is for the good of the dolphin, so she can be with her own kind"

-Me: "...but she was with her own kind in Japan with her mother..."

So, Seaworld claims they are (now) against the drives?

Here is the Federal Register document that blows that claim out of the water.

On August 27, 2012, SeaWorld LLC quietly applied for a permit to import an 8-year-old Pacific White-sided dolphin named Kirara for public display at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Kirara was born on May 3rd, 2006 in Kamogawa Seaworld in Japan. Her parents Spica and Hokura were sourced from the drive hunts in Japan. Kamogawa Seaworld is among the 50+ facilities in Japan that enslave cetaceans from the hunt drives, typically selling them off if they survive the first few years.

Her mother Spica will always wonder what happened to her child.

The Marine Mammals; File No. 17754 import permit was approved on July 1, 2014.

According to the permit:

"A captive dolphin will be imported to Seaworld Orlando after a 22 hour transport from Japan."

22 hours. Alone. Torn from her mother at 8 to breed and perform until she dies an early death.

The permit is cited below in its entirety:

Notice is hereby given that a public display permit has been issued to Sea World, Inc., 9205 South Park Circle, Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32819.
The application and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment at the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427-8401; fax (301) 713-0376.
Jennifer Skidmore or Amy Sloan, (301) 427-8401.
On February 4, 2013, notice was published in the Federal Register (78 FR 7755) that a request for a permit to import one female, captive-born Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) had been submitted by the above-named applicant.
The dolphin would be imported from Kamogawa SeaWorld 1404-18 Higashi-cho, Kamogawa, Chiba, Japan to Sea World San Antonio, 10500 SeaWorld Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251 for the purposes of public display.
The requested permit has been issued under the under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216).
The permit is valid through June 30, 2017.
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.
Dated: July 1, 2014.
Julia Harrison,
Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-15778 Filed 7-3-14; 8:45 am]

I wonder if Federal Express will also be the cargo carrier for this transport, as in the case with Argowho had to endure a 20 hour ride in this tiny enclosed metal box.