In the United States, aquariums and marine theme parks have responded to changing public sentiment about keeping marine mammals in captivity by emphasizing that they have not captured whales and dolphins from the wild in a long time.
Why put healthy wild whales through the trauma of thousands of miles of transport for display in a small tank so unlike their natural habitat? Belugas do not breed well in captivity; the captive population has been in decline for 15 years. Rather than admit that belugas have adapted poorly to confinement and should no longer be displayed, as The Humane Society of the United States and many other groups believe, the Georgia Aquarium; the three SeaWorld parks in Florida, Texas and California; the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago; and the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut are doubling down on a bad investment... http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-ed-whales-sea-world-102612-20121025,0,4420629.story
Jan 9, 2013 - DW.DE
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has applied for an import permit for 18 beluga whales on behalf of a group of marine parks, saying they need the near threatened whales to boost their stocks. But, opposition is mounting... http://www.dw.de/controversy-over-beluga-whales-import-to-us/a-16506629?maca=en-rss-en-environment-4553-rdf