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Son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau asked Putin to free the animals from the "whale prison" in Primorye - EastRussia | Far East






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Son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau asked Putin to release the animals from the "whale prison" in Primorye

Researcher and defender of the World Ocean, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his colleagues from the Ocean Futures Society, the Ocean Alliance and the Earth Island Institute have asked Vladimir Putin to release the killer whales and belugas in the whale prison in Primorye. Environmental scientists offer their assistance in the release and adaptation of animals.

Scientists note that cetaceans are not adapted to captive conditions, therefore environmentalists oppose any attempts to capture and imprison them. According to the Ekhovakhta Sakhalin, they offer the Russian government to lead the operation to return the animals to their natural habitat. Scientists also offer their help in the adaptation of killer whales and belugas. In their letter, environmentalists point out that they have experience of similar successful work.

"We believe that the Russian government and the scientific community has enough competence to lead a similar operation on the release of cetaceans, but with the application of our practical experience in the rehabilitation and release of Keiko and other cetaceans, the chances of successful release of animals will increase significantly," the letter says.

Last week, the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsky Court accepted lawsuit of three Sakhalin public organizations on the release of killer whales and beluga whales from the "whale prison" in Primorye. The defendants are Rosprirodnadzor, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia and the Federal Agency for Fishery. The court ordered the defendants and interested parties to submit their objections to the lawsuit before 7 March. After that, they will set a date for its consideration.

While there are proceedings, the animals freeze. Employees of the Primorsky Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia and experts conducted an inspection in Sredniy Bay and were concerned about the condition of killer whales and belugas, especially marks on the skinе.