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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Permits for the GA Aquarium to get more Beluga Whales for the USA???

It's been quite sometime since I've posted anything on my blog.  No excuses other than there are only so many hours in a day to do all the things I need to do......but all that aside....I couldn't let this go without commenting.

I found this in my Google Alerts yesterday at 5:50 p.m.  When I clicked on the link to view its contents, I was alerted that the article had been removed and could no longer be seen?  I immediately forwarded the alert to the Free the Atlanta 11 core group, which I am a part of, and one of our members, David Drolet, who is a computer "wizard" found the actual deleted article and posted to FB.  Now you can see it too!

These are my thoughts, questions, and remarks after reading the article....

1.)  How does "improving the genetic diversity of belugas in captivity" make the beluga population more stable?  OHHHHHHH, they mean the "CAPTIVE BELUGA POPULATION".  Got it!
They aren't having any luck with the breeding program of captive belugas or the belugas they have are too old to breed so they have to go rape the ocean of it's young breedable belugas to try captive breeding all over again!  Failing all these years evidently wasn't enough.  They want to go and destroy more beluga families in the wild.  (barf, barf, barf)

2.)  Conservation?  Really?  How dumb do you think the public is?  No wonder you didn't want the story out!  The public is getting wise to your use of the word "conservation" to protect your lucretive captivity industry!  Yes, lucretive industry!  Already 2 million dollars spent on this project just so you can select the most breedable belugas from their pod?  Isn't that leaving the pod in a desparate situation to replenish themselves?  What are they thinking?  Conservation!  Give me a break!  There are so many worthy causes out there to spend your money on!  Real conservation organizations!  But then you would be just spending your overflow of money, you wouldn't be getting anything out of it in return.  Got it!

3.)  "We want to fix this mess so our children and grandchildren can see belugas", states William Hurley, chief zoological officer at the GA Aquarium.  Exactly what mess are you referring to?  Sounds to me like you are admitting that the GA Aquarium has made a mess of the captive beluga breeding industry!  Sounds to me like maybe this statement is the reason why the story was pulled!  I know for sure that I'm not the only one who feels this take note...."As long as I draw breath, I will educate my children and grandchildren that seeing marine mammals such as dolphins, whales, seals, manatees, ect. in a captive atmosphere is nothing but SAD and does nothing for conservation!    They don't have to see them this way! There are alternative methods!  Films, documentaries, whale watching expeditions, books, ect.   I will explain to them how and why, the real truth, about the mammals violent capture and the conditions they are made to live in so that the aquariums and SeaWorlds of this country can make money from the public just to satisfy our curiosities.  I will make sure that they know to teach their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and so on to NEVER go to a whale or dolphin show or exhibit if they really love whales and dolphins." 
My heart bleeds for the belugas and their families that you, GA Aquarium, are about to destroy.  Call it what you want, I've got your number!  You are destroyers, NOT conservationists!

If you agree with me and many others who feel the same, please let us know...let the power of the people speak out against what the aquarium is about to do!

I'm going to see if the group can find out who is in charge of giving out permits for the GA Aquarium to acquire more belugas.  Once I find out that information, I'll let you know and we will start a petition to lend our voices for the beluga families this will hurt!


  1. NMFS - I was reading about that last night and this morning. Time for a FOIA.

    Excellentamous blog post!! There's so much content there - I can't wait to find out how much is spot on or not.

    1. Just got home and saw that Bev Bailey from Earthrace Conservation had messaged me on FB. She says the beluga pod has already been rounded up and being held in captivity in Russia. I did not see that in the article at first, but after rereading it, sure enough the beluga pod has been "rounded up" and the aquarium is to remove 18 belugas from that pod! Did you see that before? Let me know please!

  2. Great blog Becky! I look forward to amping up this campaign.