Don't let the Georgia Aquarium import wild Belugas to the US!
  • Petitioned NOAA

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Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

Don't let the Georgia Aquarium import wild Belugas to the US!

    1. Rachel Carbary
    2. Petition by

      Rachel Carbary

      Bothell, WA

The Georgia Aquarium has filed for a permit to import 18 Beluga whales into the United States. Taking a wild animal into captivity to serve the purpose of entertainment is an outrageously inhumane thing to do. These animals will be taken from their wild families and placed into an entertainment facility. There is no conservation taking place by removing animals from their natural habitats and placing them into an aquarium.

Furthermore, no true research can be done on captive belugas. They are swimming in chemically altered water, eating an unnatural diet, being forced to interact with humans, and have no natural social abilities available to them. They cannot swim, eat, or behave the way a wild animal does and therefore serve no scientific purpose within the confines of captivity.

The Georgia Aquarium charges $169.95 per adult, child or senior to take part in their "Beluga and Friends Interactive Program." It is clear that money and entertainment is the number one incentive for their application for this permit.

We must urge NOAA to decline the Georgia Aquarium's permit to import wild Belugas into the United States for captivity.

Please also contact

P. Michael Payne
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division
Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East-West Highway
Room 13705
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226
Phone: 301-427-8401
Fax: 301-713-0376

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
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      Rachel Carbary
      Petition Organizer

      This helps the beluga whales and will help us reach even more signatures.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kayleigh Metviner SANDY HOOK, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      Save for those in need of rescue and rehabilitation, marine mammals should not be deprived of the ability to make their own decisions about where and how to live.

    • christopher gaiser KISSIMMEE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      They are wild animals and should stay so, unless they are injured and can not return to the wild.

      • about 2 years ago

      let them live in peace

    • Bruce Gorczycki KEY LARGO, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      This needs to be stopped. There is NO reason to take another Dolphin from the wild , EVER !!!

    • Wendy Vogelgesang HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Georgia Aquarium is deplorable to allow these animals to be taken from captivity and away from their families. NONE of these cetateans belong in captivity.


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