Another captive-born baby beluga has died at the Georgia Aquarium, and the Georgia Aquarium welcomes your “positive thoughts and support.”
While I do not doubt that the Georgia Aquarium staff and other “experts” worked around-the-clock at trying to save this baby, pardon me if I am less than likely to send my condolences and kind words to an institution that bred two beluga whales for the sole purpose of building its stable of slaves.
But lest Maris’ loss be confused with human couples who continue to attempt to have a child, even in the face of miscarriage, let me say to you, do not go there.
I repeat, do not go there.
Maris shares nothing, as in, zippo, zilch, nada, with a human couple who chooses to attempt to bring a child into the world, and who has the full suite of choices in giving that child the best life possible. Maris and Beethoven, who the Georgia Aquarium reports conceived naturally, had no such choices.
Maris didn’t have a choice in the 25 to 40 minutes per day that the baby nursed. She didn’t have a choice when staff stood between her and her baby.
She didn’t have a choice in the formula that the Georgia Aquarium fed her baby, the one that “mimicked” beluga milk.
Maris didn’t have a choice in anything at all, and neither would the baby girl, had she survived.
Make no mistake, Georgia Aquarium. Those who are opposed to captivity are grieving for Maris’ loss, but we do not grieve for yours.
What you can do:
Stand with us at Empty the Tanks to call for an end to the institution of marine mammal captivity.
- When: Saturday, June 6, 2015; noon to 3pm
- Where: Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St., Atlanta, GA