Despite Public Opposition, NOAA Fisheries Approves A Permit To Import 5 Beluga Whales To Mystic Aquarium But Imposes Restrictions On Breeding, Public Interaction & Training For Performances

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is among many other animal and environmental protection groups applauding the decision by the Department of Commerce to prohibit Mystic Aquarium from breeding five captive-born beluga whales from Canada as part of an import permit issued Friday. The permit…