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Russian authorities have ordered the release of nearly 100 whales!

Russian authorities have ordered the release of nearly 100 whales imprisoned near the town of Nakhodka, on Vladivostok. The case became notorious in October/November 2018, when photos of a strange facility where various species of whales were held in scandalous conditions circulated around the world. Numerous protests and expressions of indignation intensifying in recent months
Published: March 4, 2019 - 17:07
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:55
Russian authorities have ordered the release of nearly 100 whales!

Russian authorities have ordered the release of nearly 100 whales imprisoned near the town of Nakhodka, on Vladivostok. The case became notorious in October/November 2018, when photos of a strange facility where various species of whales were held in scandalous conditions circulated around the world.

Numerous protests and expressions of indignation intensifying in recent months have led the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to publicly announce a solution to the whole situation. Unfortunately, the way in which the animals would have to be freed, so as not to harm them, posed problems and delayed the finalisation of the whole action, the TASS news agency reported.

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The 11 orcas and 87 belugas trapped at the site were to be sold to various aquariums within China, where the value of one individual is up to $6 million. All this is because the commercial harvesting of whales, was banned worldwide in 1982 and trading in them is illegal. The only exception is the capture of these animals for scientific research facilities.

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The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation – FSB, has brought charges against four companies responsible for trapping and illegally trading in animals. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said President Putin had personally pressed for a swift resolution of the issue and the release of the animals into their natural habitat.

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Source: reuters.com

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