Gia, a young beluga whale, was only 3 years old when she died in a small concrete pool. But her death, according to animal welfare advocates, could have easily been avoided.
Gia was born at Marineland, a highly controversial marine park in Ontario, Canada, that’s been accused numerous times of animal cruelty, and has earned a general reputation for allegedly mistreating both the marine and land animals in its care.
Shortly after Gia’s birth, park workers separated her from her mother. While Marineland claims this was necessary because Gia’s mother stopped nursing her, Hayden Hunter, director of investigations for Last Chance for Animals (LCA), an organization that investigated Marineland in 2015 and 2016, told The Dodo that this information is false.