October 17, 2018

Georgia Aquarium's Beluga Whale Capture Comes Under Fire

Image: NOAA

Controversy is brewing over the Georgia Aquarium’s plan to import 18 beluga whales captured off the coast of Russia. If the U.S. government approves the plan, it will mark the first time in nearly two decades that wild-caught cetaceans have been imported into an aquarium in the United States.

According to the aquarium, the whales are needed for research and education. According to animal welfare advocates, that doesn’t justify the trauma inflicted on intelligent, emotional creatures that suffer in captivity.

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Source: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/beluga-aquarium-controversy/