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Kim Basinger and PETA Help Stop Plan to Capture Belugas

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The Georgia Aquarium and its Sea World affiliates wanted to capture Russian beluga whales to stock their small pools for the sake of profiting off animal exploitation. With a strong push from actress and animal rights activist, Kim Basinger and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), their request was denied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

PETA spokesperson Moira Colley told WENN.com that Basinger’s involvement was a huge help in the cause. “Kim Basinger’s heartfelt plea to NOAA on behalf of the 18 belugas who were cruelly torn from their families in Russian waters helped ensure that the agency made the right decision today to deny permits to import the animals for a life in small tanks at US amusement parks like SeaWorld,” she says. “PETA is grateful to her for helping see this campaign through.”

Colley also credits the eye-opening documentary, “Blackfish,” for helping change people’s minds about sea animals in captivity.

“Thanks to movies such as “Blackfish” and PETA’s lawsuit against SeaWorld for violating orcas’ 13th Amendment right to freedom, people have learned of the rodeo-style capture of whales from their pods in the ocean.” Colley adds that she is eager for the day when “the ‘abusement’ parks will close and and the whales and dolphins will be removed from their cement bathtubs and returned to the oceans, where they belong.”

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  • Lisa Clark-kahn

    ohhh thx god this nitemare was stopped.thx you everyone who cared.

  • Michael Mountain

    With great respect to Kim Basinger and PETA, she had very little, if anything, to do with the government’s decision. The credit goes to dozens of scientists and other organizations who put together the briefs that NOAA used in order to come to its conclusions. These were based on facts and figures, not “heartfelt pleas” from celebrities – which, frankly, agencies like NOAA avoid like the plague.
    Many of these scientists, along with attorneys and wildlife experts, gave presentations, oral and written, at the public hearing that NOAA held. None of them recall seeing Kim Basinger there.
    NOAA’s decision, along with its entire rationale can be found at:

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