Kina is the last cetacean in the US from a Japanese drive fishery. In August of 2015 she was moved out of a sea pen to Sea Life Park, but the park, and the university that sold her, neglected to get the federally required permits to move her and completely disregarded Hawaii residents' legal right to testify at a public hearing to determine whether or not those permits were approved.
Ever since then she has lived in a small concrete tub behind the scenes of the park, all alone, with no shade from the sun, and almost no stimuli. For the first 8 months she was held without permits before being granted a "retroactive" transfer permit by Department Of Agriculture (DOA) in April 2016. This retroactive permit came after months of public outrage towards DOA for neglecting to enforce or remedy this illegal move. An also required "Permit To Possess" Kina has yet to be seen and many believe the park may not have been granted it at all.
It's important to know that Kina is an animal who in 1987 was herded into a cove with her entire pod, generations of family members including her mother and siblings, and picked out to be purchased by the U.S. Navy. The rest of her family were deemed "pests" by fishermen and slaughtered. After six months of waiting at a marine park in China she was then flown to the Navy and put to work for six years. Afterwards, she was transferred to the Hawaiian Institute Of Marine Biology at Coconut Island where she spent her days with the company of two bottlenose dolphins in a sea pen until, after 23 years, she was dubbed too expensive to continue caring for and auctioned off to the highest bidder, Sea Life Park. Kina still remains in a tub in the back, alone, out of the public eye, and with no escape from the sun or shallow confines of her tank.
To read more about Kina you can read The Dodo article featuring her here.
August 6th will mark two years since Kina was moved to Sea Life Park and we're asking everyone who was touched by her story to lend your voice and make some noise. Help us share her story virally from all over the world and demand a change. You can invite friends and family via our Facebook Event page by clicking here. We've provided a few sample posts to make it super easy for you to post about her on the day of the event but of course feel free to make your own!
In August of 2015, a false killer whale named Kina was moved out of the sea pen she lived in for 23 years to Sea Life Park, a dolphinarium that’s had 124 dolphins and whales die at their hands since opening. The park and the university that auctioned her off neglected to get the federally required permits to move her and completely disregarded Hawaii residents' legal right to testify at a public hearing determining whether or not those permits were approved.
Ever since then she has lived in a small concrete tub behind the scenes of the park, alone, with no shade from the sun, and almost no stimuli.
Kina is the last surviving animal in the USA from a Japanese drive fishery like the one featured in the documentary The Cove. In 1987, Kina was herded into a cove with her entire pod, generations of family members including her mother and siblings, and picked out to be purchased by the U.S. Navy. The rest of her family were deemed "pests" by fishermen and slaughtered.
Today marks 2 YEARS since she was moved. 2 years of what can only be described as solitary confinement. Please help us share her story and demand #JusticeForKina.
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