CITES authority recommend that Beluga whales import application be denied

With the petition getting a lot of attention, one of the designated CITES scientific authority in the Philippines faxed us their position on the issue.

Director Jeremy Barns of the National Museum said that after thorough study, they fully agree with the reasons stated in the petition and recommend that the application of Manila Ocean Park to import beluga whales into the country be denied. He clarified that beluga whales are listed as near-threatened species and trade of these are not allowed.

And because the Philippines is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), there is no other option for government agencies such as the BFAR but to comply with this recommendation.

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