Animal Rights Group Sues Feds To Stop Aquarium From Acquiring 5 Belugas

“An animal rights group filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Thursday in an effort to stop the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut from acquiring five new beluga whales.

The nonprofit group Friends of Animals filed the suit against U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the National Marine Fisheries, claiming the permit granted to the Mystic Aquarium violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

The aquarium already has three beluga whales and the largest outdoor habitat for whales in the U.S., a 750,000-gallon enclosure. Beluga whales are found in the Arctic Ocean and subarctic waters, according to the World Wildlife Fund.”

J. Edward Moreno reports for The Hill September 5, 2020.