Nice piece by National Geographic on why the Georgia Aquarium import is a bad idea
Kenneth Brower writes an interesting piece on the Georgia Aqaurium’s attempt to import wild caught beluga, reversing 20 years of an defacto moratorium on imports of wild-caught marine mammals into the USA.
Brower notes “If the agency [NMFS] is to issue a permit for the 18 belugas, it will have to depend on similar assertions by the Russians [that the captures were humane], in particular the testimony of the beluga entrepreneur Nicolay Marchenko, who was hired by the marine parks to do the captures, and who has sent 31 slaughtered belugas from this same Sakhalin-Amur stock as shipments of meat to Japan.”
As WDC has said, the Georgia Aquarium’s import is no more than commercial whaling. It’s just that the whales take longer to die.
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