Months After Her Baby Dies, Beluga Dies Suddenly at Georgia Aquarium

Published by PETA.

Maris, a 21-year-old beluga whale at the Georgia Aquarium, became the latest victim of captivity when she died while under the Atlanta aquarium’s care, just months after losing her second calf there. Maris was denied her freedom for her entire life.

She was transferred from one facility to another, and her two babies died. Often, captive whales are too depressed to nurse and perhaps even wish that their children would die rather than being confined to a concrete tank, deprived of all joy and a rewarding life. She was denied everything that was important to her, including a natural habitat. Whether or not she had a physical ailment that went unnoticed, she was killed by captivity.

What You Can Do

Please don’t visit marine parkszoos, or aquariums that keep ocean animals in captivity. Encourage your local aquarium to create more space for rehabilitating (and releasing) injured wildlife by refusing to breed or bring in any more animals.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind