23 October 2012
Help Russian Beluga Whales
WDCS has launched a campaign to try to stop an aquarium in America bringing in 18 beluga whales from Russia that have been caught in the wild.
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta says that having the belugas will make an important contribution to marine conservation and public education. But conservation means protecting species in the wild, not capturing them for captivity. These whales have been taking from their families in the wild; they live in very cold waters, and should not be flown thousands of miles to life in a small tank in a warm climate.
• In the wild, if left alone, they spend their whole lives with their families and can live up to 50 or 60 years old.
• In captivity, belugas often do not live to be 25 years old.
• Being captured can make them distressed, injure them and even kill them.
YOU CAN HELP…
Please write to the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) by 29th October. They are waiting to hear what people like you have to say before making a decision.
Let them know that you think belugas should be left in the wild with their families, not flown thousands of miles for a life in captivity.
You can do it 2 ways:
1. By mail to:
Chief, NOAA Fisheries
Office of Protected Resources
1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705
Silver Spring, MD 20910
2. By fax to: