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U.S. Files Suit To Seize Rare Dolphins' Carcasses MYSTIC The U.S. Justice Department is going to court to seize the carcasses of four rare dolphins, marking the beginning of the end of a complicated case that started in 1978 when a Japanese firm tried to ship the severely abused animals through New York. The four Commerson's dolphins small, strikingly marked black-and-white marine mammals native to waters off southern South America died as a result of poor treatment during shipping. The Justice Department wants to donate the remains to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington because there is very little scientific information available on the species. The species is not believed to be small in numbers, but the animals have rarely been captured or studied. The remains of two of the dolphins are frozen at the Mystic Marinelife Kawahara failed to obtain the necessary shipping permits. Federal agents who investigated after discovering the infraction found the dolphins languishing in cramped, coffin-like crates, drowning in their own wastes. Akiko Kawahara, a principal in the trading company, was acting as a middleman in the sale of the dolphins from a South American animal hunter to a Tokyo aquarium. The dolphins were in transit for 50 hours between Argentina and New York. One of the dotohins was dead when the plane arrived at JFK and a second died within hours. A third dolphin died within a week at the Mystic Aquarium, where it was taken for treatment. The fourth dolphin, though badly wounded during shipping, survived at the aquar- ium until last July. Kawahara was fined $7,500 for vio- lating the Marine Mammal Protection Aquarium. The others are stored at the Act of 1972 for improperly shipping TvT i: T W : n:-i : r 1 i L .J I L : CL. Ij .1 r- National Marine Fisheries Service lab oratory in Narragansett, R.I. The dolphin carcasses technically are owned by the Kawahara Bird and Animal Trading Co. of Tokyo, which violated federal law by illegally trying to ship the animals through JFK International Airport in New York in December 1978. the dolphins. She never paid the fine ana it is unlikely she can be forced to because she is a Japanese citizen, a spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries Service said Friday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry K. Stevens is prosecuting the govern- ment's case in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. t

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  1. Hartford Courant,
  2. 06 Feb 1982, Sat,
  3. Page 58

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