However, HSI, and the many Chinese partner groups who have called for Pizza's release, are staying cautiously optimistic. If Grandview is telling the truth about the move, then Pizza could possibly benefit from a temporary change of environment. And they're hoping that, with continued public outcry, Grandview could be shut down for good.
"It's a good decision, the right decision for Pizza, but it's not the end," Mdm Qin, the director of China's Capital Animal Welfare Association, said in a statement. "We still want to see the aquarium closed once and for all, to see all the animals moved, and we call on the Commerce Ministry to close all shopping mall zoos and aquariums and to prevent these types of zoos from being opened."