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Shipping whales like cargo around the world only to confine them to an aquarium for the rest of their lives is cruel and unjustifiable.
Breeding whales does not save whales: Breeding programs for beluga whales have been unsuccessful despite more than 50 years of trying.
There is a public comment period for the next 60 days, and we need your voice to make sure that the whales stay put! Contact the National Marine Fisheries Service and use the suggested text below to ask officials to deny the Georgia Aquarium its request for a permit!
I am writing to ask that you deny the Georgia Aquarium a permit to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia for captive breeding and exhibition at marine parks and aquariums. Beluga breeding programs in the United States have been largely unsuccessful, and there is no compelling evidence that these programs create interest in, educate visitors on, or change people’s attitudes about conservation. Beluga whales have distinct personalities and form strong familial bonds, and when confined to aquarium tanks, their natural instincts are thwarted. Instead of swimming for miles a day with their families, these complex and intelligent animals are reduced to swimming in endless circles in barren tanks and often performing silly stunts for marine-park crowds.
Aquariums are a stifling environment for beluga whales compared to the vast open ocean. Captive whales live half as long as their counterparts in the wild. Please give these animals a chance at a normal, fulfilling life by refusing to allow the Georgia Aquarium to import them for breeding purposes—which have proved to be unsuccessful in a stressful, captive atmosphere. These unique animals deserve much more than to be treated as moneymaking commodities.
Thank you for your consideration.
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