PETA Statement on the Federal Court’s Denial of the Georgia Aquarium’s Request to Import Beluga Whales

For Immediate Release:
September 29, 2015

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PETA Foundation Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman released a statement regarding the federal court’s decision to uphold the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s denial of the Georgia Aquarium’s request to import beluga whales:

Life in a concrete tank is no life at all for sensitive, intelligent belugas, and that’s why PETA is giving the federal court a round of applause for its decision to uphold NOAA’s denial of the Georgia Aquarium’s application—which would have subjected these animals to a lifetime of deprivation, breeding, forced performances, and being put on display for gawking tourists. PETA will continue to push for the rehabilitation and release of these whales and every ocean mammal still condemned to swim in endless circles in a marine park.

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