PETA Statement: Captivity Killed Beluga at Georgia Aquarium

For Immediate Release:
October 23, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange released a statement regarding the death of Maris, a beluga whale at the Georgia Aquarium:

Maris was denied her freedom her entire life. She was transferred from one facility to another, and her babies died, one after the other. Often, captive whales are too depressed to nurse and may even wish that their children die rather than live in a cement box, deprived of all joy and a life. Everything that was important to Maris was taken away from her. Whether or not she had a physical ailment that went unnoticed, she was killed by captivity, plain and simple.

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