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State Duma deputy proposed to ban fishing of Mormleks for dolphinariums
State Duma Deputy Svetlana Bessarab proposed to ban the fishing of marine mammals for dolphinariums. Such innovations in the legislation were proposed after the scandal with the whale prison in Primorye.
According to BFM.RU, now the catchers of marine mammals are using a loophole in the law, which allows the catch of Mormleks for cultural and educational purposes. Because of this, according to Svetlana Bessarab, the use and removal of the Red Data Book dolphins and killer whales from the natural environment continues.
She also noted that even if the poacher is caught by the supervisory authorities, the caught animal will still be transferred to the dolphinarium. And from there it is already very difficult to free him. Moreover, in Russia there is no program for the rehabilitation of marine mammals, which would allow them to return to their natural environment.
About a hundred dolphins and killer whales are annually transported from Russia to the dolphinariums of China. The cost of one animal is up to two million dollars. Despite the scandal with the "whale prison" in Primorye, several criminal cases did not lead to a logical end. According to the head of the Federal Agency for Fishery, Alexander Savelyev, the chain of suppliers, catchers and intermediaries is not advertised. And the officials who signed the documents for the capture are still at their posts.Scandal with captive killer whales and beluga whales near Nakhodka in the Srednya BayI thundered in Primorye in 2019. Then zoodefenders for several months sought the rehabilitation of animals and their release. Graduation took place at the end of 2019. In 2020, scientists reported that all belugas adapted to life in the Sea of Okhotsk.