Belugas in Danger

Belugas living in captivity suffer shortened lifespans and reduced quality of life.

In July, we asked our followers to write the Georgia Aquarium president and chief operating officer requesting he withdraw the aquarium’s application for a permit to import 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia, supposedly for the purpose of conservation.

According to a news story, “…Georgia Aquarium’s permit application has little to do with conserving the species and has everything to do with breeding belugas for captivity and petting pools. This was even admitted by William Hurley, the aquarium’s chief zoological officer who confirmed that the 18 belugas will be used in a breeding program across all US facilities.”

We do not need to capture these animals and place them in pools. They are wild animals and should remain in the wild.

Please contact the National Oceanic and Atmospheric agency and express you position that the permit for the Georgia Aquarium should be denied. The public comment period closes October 29, 2012.

You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0158, by any of the following methods:

Online: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

Mail: Submit written comments to:
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division
Office of Protected Resources
NOAA Fisheries
1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Fax: 301-713-0376; Attn: Jennifer Skidmore

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