PETA Statement: Beluga’s Death Demonstrates Need to End Beluga-Breeding Program

David Perle 202-483-7382

Please see the following statement from PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews regarding the death of Miki, a beluga whale on loan from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut:

If the Shedd Aquarium had truly cared about or respected this young beluga one bit, he never would have been bred into a life of captivity and deprivation. Trapping an endangered animal inside a concrete box does nothing for belugas in the wild. At a time when SeaWorld has ended its orca-breeding program and the National Aquarium is planning to move the dolphins there to a sanctuary, PETA is calling on the Shedd Aquarium to stop talking about mourning, love, and loss and actually do something—stop warehousing animals and start retiring them to coastal sanctuaries.

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