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Whitefish – The cruelty behind Russian beluga whale trade

Whitefish – The cruelty behind Russian beluga whale trade

Born to Be Free, an impressive documentary exposing the devastating cruelty behind captive shows and the Russian trade in wild beluga whales, will air tonight on national TV in the UK and is well worth searching out if you live elsewhere.   Not to be confused with the film classic Born Free from the 1960s,…

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Captive beluga loses first calf

Earlier this year, we shared the sad news that Qinu, a beluga held at Georgia Aquarium, was pregnant with her first calf – a continuation of the horrible legacy of captivity.  Unfortunately, Georgia Aquarium has reported that Qinu’s calf died before birth.  This news comes after SeaWorld Orlando also announced the death of a newborn beluga…

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First beluga born in captivity in Canada dies

Qila, the first beluga whale to be born in captivity in Canada has died at the age of 21. Qila was from the Western Hudson Bay population of wild beluga whales but was born into captivity and held at the Vancouver Aquarium for all of her short life. The cause of death is not know…

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A victory for WDC. A victory for whales and dolphins

Georgia Aquarium has decided not to appeal a recent court decision that refused permission for the facility to bring wild-caught beluga whales from Russia to the United States. The Aquarium had been trying to import 18 whales captured in Sea of Okhotsk, Russia, but the court initially denied a permit to do so on the grounds that…

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Another beluga whale death at SeaWorld

A two-year-old beluga whale calf called Stella had died at SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas. It is not yet known what caused her death but SeaWorld says she was being treated for possible gastrointestinal issues. Stella is the second young beluga to die at the marine park this year. Both whales were the offspring of…

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Georgia Aquarium Permit Denial Stands: Court rules in favor of beluga whales

The appeal by Georgia Aquarium to overturn and invalidate the decision to deny its request for a permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia is officially closed. On September 28th, the federal district court in Atlanta officially dismissed Georgia Aquarium’s motion for summary judgment, which practically means the original import permit denial issued by…

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US aquarium loses court battle to import beluga whales

Georgia Aquarium has lost a legal battle to bring wild caught beluga whales from Russia to the United States. The Aquarium had been trying to overturn a US federal decision which initially denied its request to import 18 whales captured in Sea of Okhotsk, Russia, on the grounds that the Aquarium had not met conditions…

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SeaWorld says no to belugas

As representatives from the Georgia Aquarium continue their legal battle to bring wild caught beluga whales from Russia to the United States, events have taken an unusual twist with the revelation by captivity show giant, SeaWorld, that they would not now accept any of the belugas (under a breeding loan) that the Georgia Aquarium is…

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Beluga whales latest surprise visitor to UK waters

Two beluga whales were sighted in the North Sea earlier this week off the coast of Northumberland. The whales were caught on camera swimming just off the beach. In July another beluga was seen off Northern Ireland. Belugas, normally found in cold, arctic waters, are rare visitors to UK waters with less than 20 recorded sightings.

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