"32 Pacific White-sided dolphins were captured in 2012/2013. 8 were killed and 24 went to live-capture. " more info/source
this is what you support if you’re pro-cap
The connection between Taiji and alliance parks is so small it’s virtually nonexistent:
Seaworld has directly purchased animals from the Taiji drive hunts before. Kamogawa Seaworld is rather infamous for its involvement with Port of Nagoya, which is in turn notorious for buying animals from Taiji on a regular basis. KSW has itself kept animals obtained from the drive hunts. If you want to be seen condemning something like drive hunts, you don’t do business deals with companies that support them.
And there’s no such thing as a something for nothing with these sorts of deals, either. Seaworld is getting Kirara, but what are KSW getting out of the deal? Funny how this deal is coming to light at a time when Seaworld’s parks are stuffed full of orca that are genetically useless to them, but would be very valuable to Kamogawa, who currently have no breeding male and a bunch of closely related animals. Port of Nagoya could really use some new blood too. I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple of SW whales ended up in Japan over the next few years.
I mean, they did Iceland to Japan whale transport just fine during the 80’s. I’m sure it’d be a piece of cake to do US to Japan transports, and all the parks win. Breeding males for Kamogawa, possibly some genetic diversity introduced for Port of Nagoya, and SW gets to offload all the spare Tilikum offspring they’ve got dotted around the US and Tenerife. The only ones that lose out are the animals, as usual.
Just to be clear, Kamogawa Sea World and the SeaWorld’s in the Americas do not operate under the same owner. They are separate businesses who may trade and interact but they are not the same company because they have the same name.