Posts Tagged ‘Georgia’
Court gives WDC go-ahead to support legal case to stop import of beluga whales
Press Release: WDC Will Defend Federal Denial of Permit to Import 18 Wild-Caught Beluga Whales from Russia Atlanta, Georgia—A federal district court in Georgia last Friday granted a request to intervene filed by the Animal Welfare Institute, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Cetacean Society International, and Earth Island Institute in a lawsuit challenging the National Marine Fisheries…Read More
A Hard Rock Massage
We learned last week that beluga whales are the true white whales, except when they’re babies, but they also aren’t always white as adults! In spring and summer, when belugas start gathering in estuaries and shallow-water areas, they actually have a yellowish tint to their skin. Belugas undergo a seasonal molt, meaning that one layer of…Read More
Georgia Aquarium is ignoring us!
WDC believes that the Georgia Aquarium is actively blocking messages sent by members of the public questioning the Aquarium’s continued attempts to import wild-caught belugas from Russia for its shows. As part of its ongoing campaign, WDC asked the public to send messages to the Georgia Aquarium requesting that the Aquarium protect belugas in the wild…Read More
Beluga Action Alert! It's Better to be Free!
Belugas in the wild are a truly cosmopolitan species – they inhabit a wide variety of areas in the Arctic, from the deep ocean to coastal waters and estuaries. They often visit shallow river mouths and are known to swim up rivers in search of food, and have also been found diving in deep submarine…Read More
Georgia Aquarium Appeals Permit Denial: In the Name of Conservation?
It has been said that perception is reality, and that the way we look at the world often depends on where we stand. On Monday, September 30th, the Georgia Aquarium filed a complaint in district court in Atlanta seeking judicial review of NMFS’ recent decision to deny the Aquarium’s request to import 18 wild-captured belugas…Read More
Georgia Aquarium to fight for permit to import 18 wild beluga whales
The Georgia Aquarium in the US is to seek to overturn a recent US government agency decision preventing the import of 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the US federal body that oversees the country’s marine resources refused to grant a permit to the aquarium in August that…Read More
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…Read More