"Picture This!" Petition Statement

 

Petition Statement

By submitting my image, I formally register my opposition to NOAA-NMFS-2012-0158 - Georgia Aquarium’s application to National Marine Fisheries Service for a permit to import eighteen (18) beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) for public display purposes.   I do not believe that the public display of wild animals is necessary to engage people, and instead provides the public with a false picture of the animal’s natural lives.  Captive cetaceans encourage people to consider wildlife as isolated objects, rather than integral parts of an ocean ecosystem.  For these reasons, I ask that National Marine Fisheries Service to set an example and deny the Georgia Aquarium a permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia, an importation which holds no scientific or conservation value.