November 23, 2017

Georgia Aquarium Denied Permit to Import Beluga Whales

Federal authorities have denied the Georgia Aquarium a permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia, citing concerns about the species’ wild population and the way in which these marine mammals were captured.

The sweeping U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act, passed in 1972, bans taking dolphins, seals, whales and other marine mammals from the wild, but American institutions can apply for permits to remove these creatures from their habitats or import them for the purpose of public display.

The Georgia Aquarium’s request to do just that marked the first such application in more than

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/georgia-aquarium-denied-permit-import-beluga-whales-200029138.html