2013 Animal L. Comm. Newsl. 1 (2013)

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Animal Law Committee
NOAA CONSIDERS PERMIT APPLICATION FOR IMPORTATION OF
WILD-CAUGHT BELUGA WHALES TO U.S. AQUARIUMS
By: Ann Porter
This past June, the Georgia Aquarium applied for an  Aquarium itself have led to the birth of just a single
import permit under the Marine Mammal Protection Act beluga calf, who died at five days old.5 At Chicago's
seeking to acquire 18 beluga whales for public display                       Continued on page 15
purposes.' The whales were caught off the coast of
Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk between 2006 and 2011,
and have since been held in a Russian research facility.
Should the permit be issued, the whales would be shared  NOAA Considers Permit Application For
among six aquariums across the United States, including  Importation Of Wild-Caught Beluga Whales
three Sea World facilities.2                     IprainO          idCuh       euaWae
thre ea  ord fciitisTo U.S. Aquariums .................... I
The application has   Letter From The Chair                   3
sparked much opposition                        ..............3
from   animal  welfare   Animal Law Subcommittee Updates ..... 6
groups  and  scientists
alike, as the importation                          ............
would be the first under  Animal Docket: A Laundry List Of Lies-
the  Marine   Mammal     Common Defenses To Animal Cruelty.. 9
......Protectio Act in almost
Protctin At i alost Applying For Federal Tax-Exempt Status
two decades.' The marine parks petitioning for the  A ng Forft Status
importation have indicated that the 18 whales are
necessary to ensure the continued viability of the United  Organization ........................ 11
States' captive beluga population, since genetic variation  Procedural Due Process: Notice And A
is crucial to the success of their breeding programs.'  Ceremonial Opportunity To Be Heard .. 12
However, breeding efforts by the facilities requesting  What Should Follow A Conviction For
the belugas have historically been met with limited  Animal Abuse?: The Animals And Society
success. Since 1999, only 18 beluga whales have been  Institutes's Anicare Treatment Model ... 13
born at these aquariums, with even fewer surviving into  2013 TIPS Calendar................23
adulthood. Notably, breeding efforts at the Georgia

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