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The prosecutor's office found the capture of walruses from a whale prison illegal

The prosecutor's office found the capture of walruses from a whale prison illegal
Photo: Coalition "Freedom to killer whales and whales"

The Amur Basin Environmental Prosecutor’s Office found that six walruses were caught for the coastal “whale prison” 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.

According to EastRussia, the head of Sakhalin’s Ecovakhty Dmitry Lisitsyn, in response to public appeals about the illegality of walrus harvesting, the prosecutor’s office indicated that the Sochi Dolphinarium and Oceanarium DV companies sold walruses to Aquatoria LLC, and animals were transported by air to November 26 this year. Yalta. ⠀

Social activists note that for the third month the prosecutor’s office unsuccessfully tried to challenge the permission to harvest walruses through a court, but did not take other response measures. Environmentalists asked to institute administrative proceedings on the fact of illegal fishing for walruses and to seize animals, to check on the fact of illegal fishing and keeping walruses, to check the fact of illegal issuing quotas for fishing walruses against officials of the Federal Fishery Agency. However, the prosecutor’s office has not yet answered these questions.

Now the coalition “Freedom to killer whales and whales” is preparing an appeal to the Prosecutor General's Office in order to achieve the release of walruses to freedom.

So far, no one knows the exact number of animals, because nobody is allowed to visit them. They were caught together 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.