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Social activists asked the head of Sledkoma to save animals from the "whale prison" in Primorye
Public organizations fighting for the salvation of killer whales and beluga whales in Srednyaya Bay in Primorye expressed no confidence in the investigator who is leading the case of "whale prisons." Activists will petition the head of the Sledkom of Russia Alexander Bastrykin about personal control of this criminal case. He will also be asked to take urgent measures to set the animals free.
Now in the "whale prison" are 11 killer whales and 90 beluga whales, mostly cubs. According to Sakhalin’s Ekovahta, they were illegally fished out in the summer and fall of this year to be sold to China. Rallies and pickets for the protection of animals were held in different regions of Russia, public figures sent signatures to Vladimir Putin’s administration to the presidential administration.
Investigators, according to ecologists, take incomprehensible actions: they prohibit the use of photo and video recording by independent experts, they have taken a non-disclosure agreement with them about the state of animals, they do not allow the results of animal inspection to be made public to prepare an expert opinion. At the same time, the investigator turned to the Nebug Dolphinarium in the Krasnodar Territory with a proposal to take on the implementation of killer whales and beluga whales in case of impossibility of returning to the natural environment, knowing that the Black Sea is not a natural environment for both cetaceans.
Now, the Prosecutor General’s Office, Rosprirodnadzor, the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia stand up in defense of killer whales and belugas. For the speedy release of animals, the Minister of Natural Resources of Russia Dmitry Kobylkin and the chairman of the State Duma Committee on Ecology, Vladimir Burmatov, publicly spoke out. Recently, the South Sakhalin City Court found illegal permits to catch killer whales in 2018, Sledky opened a criminal case.
According to Natalia Lisitsyna, Ekovakhty Sakhalin’s lawyer, the SUSK in the Primorsky Territory has the necessary powers and legal capabilities to release the killer whales and beluga damages for investigation - it is enough to go to court with a request to remove the arrest from all animals. After that, Rosrybolovstvo or Rosprirodnadzor will be able to decide on the return of illegally caught marine mammals to their natural habitat.