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Ocean Park cancels plans to import wild-caught beluga whales
Photos of beluga whale performance at Guangzhou Ocean Park.
Animals Asia are delighted to hear that HK Ocean Park have abandoned plans to bring wild-caught beluga whales to Hong Kong, and we thank the HK Ocean Park management team for making this important decision.
Capture methods used for wild cetaceans are invasive, stressful and potentially lethal. Captive facilities, with their space limitations and commercial considerations, cannot provide conditions that allow cetaceans to express their natural behaviours to meet their physical and psychological needs.
In recent weeks, Animals Asia, as part of the Asia for Animals Coalition has been in touch with Hong Kong's Ocean Park seeking abandonment of these plans and we are therefore very pleased to hear no beluga whales will be specifically captured from the wild to be brought to Hong Kong. We remain concerned about the possibility of Ocean Park importing previously wild-caught beluga whales which have been in captivity for some time or the progeny of wild-caught individuals and we will continue to liaise with Ocean Park on this issue.