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Coach beat two belugas at Primorsky Aquarium
In the Primorsky Aquarium, during the training of beluga whales, the trainer beat two adult animals. The video shows how the man punches and kicks. His partner takes no action.
As the head of the public relations department of the Primorsky Aquarium Elena Poddubnaya told EastRussia, an internal investigation of the incident began. According to her, the footage of the video was taken out of context, and the animals were not injured.
“During the rut, which is now taking place, the animals are quite aggressive towards each other, even to the point of causing injury. The footage shows only what followed their aggression towards each other - the trainer tried to switch the attention of the aggressive individual. The so-called jumping technique is also used - he jumps into the water on an animal, scares, distracts - whatever, if only they would stop fighting, ”she said.
The Coalition “Freedom for Killer Whales and Belugas” believes that such methods of “training” may fall under the article “Cruelty to animals” and are preparing an appeal to the prosecutor's office to conduct an appropriate check.