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Audrey Padgett, the Beluga Whale Sanctuary’s general manager, spoke to CNN about the journey. “It’s been quite the journey for these two. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s definitely been a labor of love.”
The two whales were moved in a carefully designed transit operation that required lots of fish, ice and water. The belugas are now in a holding space in Iceland so they can get adjusted to colder waters before the final move to the 8 acre sanctuary.
Source: ITV News
Padgett spoke about animals in captivity, “Some belugas are in cramped and unsuitable conditions. And if what we can learn here from Little White and Little Grey can help improve welfare for other animals … that’s really the point.”
Dolphins and whales in captivity subject to stressful human interactions cause them physical and mental suffering. Dolphins in parks are confined to small tanks, which increase aggression and reduce necessary mental stimulation.
You can also sign this petition to ban dolphin captivity!
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