President Obama’s administration rejected the world’s largest aquarium this week to buy 18 beluga whales from Russia. It was their first endeavor in more than 20 years to import marine mammals recently captured from the wild.
When Georgia Aquarium applied for a permit to import 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia, their application became public in the Federal Register. This opened the application up to a public comment period that has so far attracted over 4,000 responses.
On June 15, the Georgia Aquarium applied to the NOAA for a permit to import 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia. File No. 17324 has now been opened up to public comment in the Federal Register. It will become one of the most contested permits ever.
Recently, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia Aquarium had applied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a permit to import 18 wild-caught belugas captured from Russian waters. Ethically, something stinks.
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"We do not support this import" proposed by Georgia Aquarium and its partners said the group Free the Atlanta 11. In a visual petition that will be delivered to NOAA on Oct. 12, the group vows, "We will not visit their facilities and will also encourage others to not visit their facilities."