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Prosecutors demanded to transfer walruses from a whale prison to the ownership of the Russian Federation

Prosecutors demanded to transfer walruses from a whale prison to the ownership of the Russian Federation
Photo: Coalition "Freedom to killer whales and whales"

The Prosecutor General’s Office found that walruses were caught from the “whale prison” in Primorye and illegally placed there. Environmentalists hope that this will free the animals.

“Ekovakhta Sakhalin” finally received a response from the Prosecutor General’s Office stating that the prosecutor’s office filed a lawsuit with the Yalta City Court to recover six walruses from illegal possession of Aquatoria LLC and transfer them to the ownership of the Russian Federation, ”the head of Ekovakhta Sakhalin told EastRussia »Dmitry Lisitsyn.

According to him, the agency demanded to seize the animals before considering the claim. Make this offer as an interim measure.

Earlier, Rosprirodnadzor refused LLC Akvatoriya to issue a permit for the export of walrus, and the Crimean prosecutor's office took measures to prevent the possible illegal export of animals outside the country.

In December 2016, the Amur Basin Environmental Prosecutor's Office found that six walruses were caught in violation of the requirements of the federal law "On fisheries and the conservation of aquatic biological resources." Allowing documents for the catch provided for the supply of animals to Russian and foreign dolphinariums and oceanariums, and this is not allowed for cultural and educational purposes.

The walruses were caught along with killer whales and belugas in the early autumn of 2018 and kept in a closed iron hangar without windows and light. Read more about the history of walruses in the “whale prison” in Primorye HERE.

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