My previous post included a link to a recent decision by the NOAA not to grant permission for importation of captured beluga whales. Although I follow Jerry Coyne's blog, I had forgotten that he had written a touching and passionate blog post about this petition last year:
Apparently, this is one instance when the good guys won. Perhaps the outcry by Coyne and his readers and other humans with compassion for other sentient beings has turned the tide for these animals. I hope sentient sea mammals can continue to do what they do without our interference or capture!