A representative of the Russian government has announced that they have drawn up plans to free dozens of belugas and orcas from a so-called “whale jail” in the Pacific Coast. However, they have not confirmed exactly when that will be.
In last November, around 100 cetaceans have been kept in a place which is too small inside a series of tiny enclosures off Russia’s Pacific coast, near to the southeastern city of Nakhodka.
Furthermore, according to Russian law, whales can be captured for scientific and educational purposes, but It was evident that these species have been caught and kept for commercial purposes. As an example, animals have been trapped and kept to sell off to amusement parks in the Far East because they are valuable and can earn up to millions of dollars.
It is proved that companies like Bely Kit, Afalina, Oceanarium DV, and Sochi Dolphinarium have already shipped 13 orcas to China between 2013 and 2016.
As announced by a legal representative for Bely Kit confirmed it has plans “to send the animals to aquariums in Russia and abroad” activists also believing that the companies are keeping infant whales, a practice that is violently forbidden in all cases.
“There are very small chain-link pens, 12 to 15 baby whales are out there and have to be on top of each other,” activist Nina Zyryanova told The Associated Press.
“Now it’s getting colder every day. Although these animals are native to the Arctic, they must move, a hundred kilometers a day, to stay warm.”
Beluga whales have been missing in December and Orca also has been missing in this February. However, the company who is in charge has reported that it has been escaped. According to the experts’ point of view, they believe that it is impossible for them to escape and disappear.
As the companies are acting in an illegal manner, the Border Guards Department has said that it is fair to issue charges against them, but the confirmed information has not been shared.
Fortunately, celebrities like Leonardo Di Caprio and Pamela Anderson have involved petitioning in order to release the belugas and orcas trapped in the facility. Millions of people have signed the petition on behalf of marine mammals.
‘Whale prison’ discovered by drone in Far East Russia pic.twitter.com/gkZBVmYwVp
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“This is the largest number of sea creatures to ever be held in small temporary enclosures. Some of them have been there since July,” the petition states.
“Independent experts are seriously worried that the animals will die if they are kept in these conditions much longer. Whale babies who have not received enough mother’s milk will not survive the winter.”
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