Regulatory News

The idea from the Georgia Aquarium, in the United States, of importing 18 beluga whales from the Arctic is provoking strong opposition from animal rights advocates, who oppose the removal of whales from their natural habitat. With a request for a federal license to import aquatic mammals on behalf of a group of marine parks, representatives allege that the Aquarium will contribute to captive breeding, research and education.

Currently, there are 31 beluga whales in American parks, some very young for reproducing and others near the end of life. For some experts, the importance of research and conservation of a healthy population in captivity outweighs any negative point of removing a whale from its habitat. Other scholars argue that a possible migration would be long and complex, hurting the animals.

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