Sunday, October 28, 2012
They're at it again!
Although the United States’ Marine Mammal Protection Act bans the capture or import of animals such as whales and dolphins, it grants an exemption for species placed on public display.
If transferred to the United States, they would be housed at the aquarium in Atlanta; SeaWorld parks in San Diego, Texas and Florida; and the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
Critics said marine parks in the U.S. have not imported wild-captured belugas in 20 years and should not return to that practice now. Getting the whales from Russia would feed a lucrative international market for marine mammals that American facilities should discourage instead of support.
More than 7,000 people have weighed in, many of them imploring the agency to deny the transfer permit.
Read the full story HERE