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Animal traps for the "whale prison" admitted that they had already sold them abroad
Two of the four companies that caught killer whales and beluga whales, now being held in the "whale prison" in Primorye, wrote an appeal to Vladimir Putin and admitted that they had caught animals for foreign companies. They have already paid for contracts and are waiting for mammals for their aquariums.
According to InterfaxThe director of Afalina LLC, Alexey Reshetov, informed the president about this. The head of another company, a trap company, Oceanarium Far East, Alexander Bronnikov, wrote to the head of state that the transfer of animals to the state for subsequent release could damage the country's treasury of hundreds of millions of dollars - owners of foreign oceanariums could sue. As trawlers say, if the animals are still transferred abroad, the country's foreign trade balance will increase by 15 million dollars and bring to the Russian budget up to 200 million rubles of tax payments. At the same time, the letters of the companies state that killer whales and belugas caught without violating the law.
Earlier, a criminal case was opened on the fact of illegal extraction of mammals. Administrative cases were filed for non-compliance with the requirements for equipping a site of a water body, cleaning the water area from pollution, as well as for the lack of state environmental expertise. Also, investigators opened a criminal case on the grounds of cruelty to animals in Srednyaya Bay.
Understand the situation with killer whales and beluga whales, imprisoned in Srednyaya Bay in Primorye, commissioned Vladimir Putin. The authorities proposed to move the mammals to the Center for the maintenance of large marine animals, which will be built in one of the bays of Russky Island. However, environmentalists with this decision strongly disagree.