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Aquarium fights to import belugas

Plan faces opposition.

By Vetstreet Nov 9, 2012 3:48PM

The Georgia Aquarium has applied for a government permit to import 18 wild beluga whales from Russian waters, and animal rights organizations have set out to block the plan.

Photo: Courtesy of TodayIt would mark the first time in 20 years that belugas caught in the wild have been brought into the United States for display.

The whales would be owned by the Georgia Aquarium but would take up residence at six U.S. facilities. The aquarium says the new whales would improve the genetic diversity of the captive beluga population in the U.S.

Animal rights groups including PETA and the Humane Society, however, are fighting the move, arguing that the whales don’t belong in captivity.

Read it at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and watch it at Today.

Photo: Courtesy of Today

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Nov 13, 2012 12:44AM
Preserve the waters they now call home.  

Nov 12, 2012 2:03PM
Leave them in their natural habitat, not in a little swimming pool...how very sad for the animals to be caught and stuck in a pool to swim circles all day...
Nov 11, 2012 10:56PM
That should be illegal....nothing more depressing than walking through a zoo....them poor animal striped of their dignity....most of them look ......suicidal....
Spend all them millions in these times when sooo many americans are in need after the storm Sandy.....
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