More recently, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, a facility in Doncaster, England, offered a new home to Pizza in September if Grandview would agree to give him up. However, the aquarium and authorities are believed to have refused the offer, stating that Pizza would not be allowed to leave the country.
But now, dozens of new welfare groups from inside China are adding their voices to the chorus. On Tuesday, HSI announced an open letter signed by 50 Chinese animal groups calling on Zhu Xiaodan, the governor of Guangzhou, the province where Grandview is located, to help close the aquarium.
The signatories are also asking that the hundreds of other animals at Grandview - including belugas, walruses and Arctic foxes, all of whom are held in similarly poor conditions - be released to sanctuaries or better facilities.