NOAA denies application to import beluga whales for display | WashingtonPost.com

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NOAA denies application to import beluga whales for display | WashingtonPost.com

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its decision on Monday, denying the first application in more than 20 years to import wild marine mammals. The action drew applause from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which had pressed for the denial along with actress Kim Basinger.

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service determined that the import operation, requested by Georgia Aquarium, would run afoul of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The park has 60 days to appeal the decision in U.S. District Court.

In a statement on Tuesday, PETA framed the issue as a matter of constitutional rights, saying the decision “marks the beginning of the end for wretched exhibition of enslaved whales.” PETA has also filed a lawsuit against Sea World that claims the marine-mammal park has denied Thirteenth Amendment rights to orcas.

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