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Since the release of the film, “Blackfish,” there has been an increased worldwide outcry over the capture of Orcas. But that hasn’t stopped Russia from taking two from the wild in the last two weeks.
According to some sources, these captures, which are shrouded in secrecy, are also taking place illegally because the Russian Federal Fisheries has not yet adopted a quota for wild capture. Since permits cannot be issued without a quota, any captures in the meantime would be unlawful says Erich Hoyt, with the Far East Russia Orca Project.
These whales are now reportedly headed toward Komsomolsk on the Amur River in Russia'a Far East. However, hopefully, with current bans between Russia and the West on imports and exports, they won‘t be allowed out of Russia and will soon be back where they belong - their home in the Okhotsk Sea.
We know captivity creates a miserable and unhealthy existence for Orcas, and they all belong in the wild.
Tell Russia to stop these wild Orca captures and return all those it has taken back to their natural homes!
We, the undersigned, say all Orca captures are inhumane and should be illegal, and especially these taken in Russia under the current circumstances.
Without a clear policy banning this practice, those who exploit these highly emotional and intelligent creatures may continue their inhumane captures.
Proponents of these wild captures argue on the basis of a “need” to introduce new genes into marine park populations to prevent inbreeding. This is nonsense. Outside emergencies, and even then in most cases, what Orcas need is for humans to leave them alone. Nobody needs to see Orcas outside of the wild!
Russia must ban this practice at once and send a clear message that it will not tolerate any more Orca captures. We also request that those taken recently be immediately returned to their homes in the Okhotsk Sea and all others returned as soon as it is safely possible.