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Environmentalists oppose the movement of animals from the "whale prison" on the island of Russian
Killer whales and beluga whales from the "whale prison" in the coastal bay of Srednyaya will move to the Center for keeping large marine animals. According to Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Gordeyev, they will equip him in Vladivostok in one of the bays of Russky Island. However, environmentalists categorically disagree with this decision.
In the public coalition “Freedom, killer whales and beluga whales” believe that the animals will be moved to the not even created center only after the onset of the warm season. Because of this, they will have a few more months in unsanitary conditions in the "whale prison." At the same time, according to public figures, the water quality on the Russian island is worse than in Srednyaya Bay, therefore, diseases can increase in animals there.
According to Sakhalin’s Ecovakhta, transporting mammals to the island and then to release sites will create additional stress among killer whales and beluga whales. According to environmentalists, the movement of animals only delay their release into the natural environment. In the Freedom Killer Whale and Beluga Coalition coalition, the only true option is to produce animals without intermediate centers after a short rehabilitation course.
The coalition proposes to release killer whales in the second half of April in the southern part of the Tatar Strait, where there is no ice, and the white whales - in the first half of May in the northern part of the strait. At the same time, the coalition is ready to take part in financing the plan by attracting philanthropists. Leading international experts in the field of cetacean rehabilitation have already agreed to come to Russia and help rescue animals.
The Kremlin said they did not consider the situation with killer whales and beluga whites closed. The control department of the presidential administration will take this issue under special control.
Recently, scientists from the Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences. Shirshov and the Moscow State Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology have determined that animal condition has deteriorated. Environmentalists believe that in order to save animals, it is necessary to begin the program of their rehabilitation and preparation for returning to the natural environment as soon as possible. Instead, the owners of the "whale prison" continue to tame them and prepare them for life in aquariums and dolphinariums.