Please uphold your decision; Permit to import 18 Belugas is denied!
  • Petitioning Jennifer Skidmore

This petition will be delivered to:

Biologist, Permits and Conservation Division
Jennifer Skidmore
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division
Michael Payne (Chief, Permits and Conservation Division)

Please uphold your decision; Permit to import 18 Belugas is denied!

    1. Barbara Napoles
    2. Petition by

      Barbara Napoles

      Miami, FL

After careful review, NOAA Fisheries concluded that the application did not meet several of the MMPA permit criteria. NOAA Fisheries denied the permit application because:

  • NOAA Fisheries is unable to determine whether or not the proposed importation, by itself or in combination with other activities, would have a significant adverse impact on the Sakhalin-Amur beluga whale stock, the population that these whales are taken from;

 

  • NOAA Fisheries determined that the requested import will likely result in the taking of marine mammals beyond those authorized by the permit;

 

  • NOAA Fisheries determined that five of the beluga whales proposed for import, estimated to be approximately 1½ years old at the time of capture, were potentially still nursing and not yet independent.

The fact that Georgia Aquarium has challenged the above decision goes to show that they are not interested in following the spirit of the law as stated in the MMPA.

The GA does not guarantee that a whale will not succumb to injury or death during transport and the long transportation is not a humane method to move Belugas who can become stressed, ill or worse during this period.

To:
Jennifer Skidmore, Biologist, Permits and Conservation Division
Michael Payne (Chief, Permits and Conservation Division), Chief, Permits and Conservation Division
I am appalled at the Georgia Aquarium's decision to challenge the final decision which reflects a disregard for the integrity and spirit of the MMPA and the vulnerability of the population of wild belugas in Russia.

Please uphold your decision; Permit by the Georgia Aquarium to import 18 Belugas should remain DENIED!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. AWI Will Defend Federal Denial of Permit to Import 18 Wild-Caught Beluga Wh

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      It is appalling that the Georgia Aquarium cannot take no for an answer. They will continue to attempt the import of these 18 belugas in to their tanks. This is not about conservation. It is about breeding for profit, stock piling DNA and impregnating via artificial insemination young, immature belugas. This is ALL ABOUT GREED, MONEY TO LINE THEIR POCKETS.

      This import will not benefit the belugas as their transport would be stressful and detrimental to their health. Why does the Georgia Aquarium do not see this? Because they do not have the whales health and welfare as their MAIN interest. Its all about the money!
      http://www.awionline.org/content/awi-will-defend-federal-denial-permit-import-18-wild-caught-beluga-whales-russia

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    • georgia lawrence DRIPPING SPRS, TX
      • 25 days ago

      All earth's creatures deserve to be free and not live a life of captivity. Captivity kills!!

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    • Rochelle Appleton KEMPTON PARK, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 1 month ago

      PLEASE PLEASE STOP THIS CRUELTY!!!

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    • Mary Smolders SARNIA, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      Marine mammals don't belong in captivity. Enforce decisions!!

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    • Susan Willems CRIVITZ, WI
      • 3 months ago

      LET THE WILD STAY IN THE WILD, MANKIND HAS MESSED UP THE WORLD ENOUGH...LEAVE THE WILDLIFE ALONE!! PROTECT THEIR RIGHT TO LIVE IN THE WILD!

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    • Chris Reed PERTH, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      No animal should be subjected to the stress of long distance travel in a cramped alien environment just for the sake of commercial gain.

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