Many countries have outlawed the inhumane capture of live, healthy sea mammals. But the marine mammal trade is still thriving in other parts of the world, and wild orcas are being trapped in Russia
and sold to theme parks and aquariums, where they live their lives in captivity.
Orcas are social animals, and used to swimming long distances. Captive sea mammals live miserable lives, isolated with little room to move. They become agitated and stressed, and live shorter lives. This is no way for wild animals to live. Please sign your name and urge Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sergey Yefimovich Donskoy, to outlaw the capture of wild whales and dolphins in Russia.
To the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sergey Yefimovich Donskoyv:
I am extremely surprised and disappointed to learn that Russia is continuing the practice of taking healthy sea mammals out of the ocean and putting them in tourist attractions. Animal experts agree that this is cruel, inhumane treatment.
Orcas, in particular, are used to swimming great distances and socializing in pods. Cut off from these activities, they are miserable, lonely, and frustrated. In extreme cases, captive sea mammals can become so agitated they lash out violently--as we know now from the example of Tilikum, the SeaWorld orca who has killed three people while in captivity.
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The place for a wild orca is the ocean. Please outlaw the capture of wild whales and dolphins in Russia.