02 Sep '11, 9am

Hong Kong theme park drops a contentious plan to buy and import rare wild-caught beluga whales

Hong Kong theme park drops a contentious plan to buy and import rare wild-caught beluga whales

A Hong Kong theme park has dropped a contentious plan to buy and import rare wild-caught beluga whales, in a decision lauded on Friday by conservationists who had protested against the bid. -- PHOTO: REUTERS HONG KONG (AFP) - A Hong Kong theme park has dropped a contentious plan to buy and import rare wild-caught beluga whales, in a decision lauded on Friday by conservationists who had protested against the bid. Activists opposed Ocean Park's plan to import the whales, classified as 'near threatened', from Russia, saying they are often injured or killed during capture and mortality rates are high among those in captivity. The park had wanted to use the belugas, usually found around the Arctic circle, to raise public awareness of climate change through its new Polar Adventure attraction to open next year. 'After due consideration, we have decided not to pursue an acquisitio...

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