DawnWatch: AJC front page story on aquarium deaths and debate 1/30/07

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

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Subject: DawnWatch: AJC front page story on aquarium deaths and debate 1/30/07

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a front page story, Tuesday January 30, headed,
“Aquarium deaths reopen captivity debate; Critics condemn facilities, but scientists say they help advance studies of rare animals.”

The Atlanta Aquarium recently euthanized Gasper, an ailing beluga whale, and nine days saw the death of Ralph, a marquee whale shark.

The article notes, “The back-to-back deaths have prompted protests from private citizens and national organizations. They range from reasoned to outraged.”

A Florida activists, Russ Rector, is quoted:

“If they’d never put whales or whale sharks there, then people never would miss them. It went from an aquarium to a prison.”

And Naomi Rose of the Humane Society of the United States is quoted:

“These big swimmers aren’t adaptable to confinement. I really resent that they’re exploiting these animals’ lives.”

(More below the fold…)