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The law on the ban on catching cetaceans is being prepared in Russia
Amendments to the fisheries law were commissioned by Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko. The new document plans to establish a ban on the catch and export of cetaceans from the country.
According to RIA NewsExperts from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, together with interested federal authorities, will work on the development of amendments. The amendments will have to introduce a complete ban on catch for industrial purposes and the export of cetaceans abroad.
Changes will also appear in the area of catching animals for research, educational and cultural purposes. In this case, the law on responsible treatment of animals will have to fix the provisions in the field of keeping and using cetaceans.
The only thing that remains unchanged for now is the sphere of traditional economic activity. The implementation of the traditional fishing of marine mammals was deemed appropriate.
They started talking about amendments to the fishing law after they discovered the so-called “whale prison” near Nakhodka. The small Srednyaya Bay contained more than 100 belugas and killer whales, which caught in the Sea of Okhotsk for sale in China.
After public interventionlaw enforcement detected catch irregularities, several shipping companies were fined. Also in court, animals have begun set free in June 2019. The last beluga whales released in November.