HOW TO HELP



We encourage you to write your own letter to the President with the main points:
1. Free remaining orcas and belugas from "Whale Prison"
2. Ban the capture of marine mammals for educational and cultural purposes
Please be very polite and express your gratitude to Russian government for recognizing the issue, preventing the export of belugas and orcas
to China in 2018 and starting a criminal case against the capture companies.



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URGENT

On May 14, russian authorities began seriously discussing the release of orcas right in the Bay of Srednyaya. We think that release in Srednyaya is an attempt to compromise the return of orcas to the wild, which can end fatally!
There are only two realistic scenarios if that happens: Orcas will swim away, but not far away. They will find themselves in an unfamiliar place and most likely, will not find what to eat, will follow people and in the end will weaken and die of hunger within a few weeks. Orcas will not swim away from the seapens and will wait for food from trainers familiar to them who feed them for almost a year.
The version that after release in Srednyaya Bay orcas will be able to successfully return to their lives is almost impossible.
The Pacific NAVY Fleet offered assistance in transporting orcas to their places of capture – this is the only right and humane way for release, but this proposal is completely ignored by the authorities! Why? We think this is an attempt to compromise the release and find the reasons why orcas can't be released and will have to be sold to China.

We ask you to urgently start emailing the Ministry of Environment [email protected] and VNIRO (Russian Fisheries institute) [email protected] and President Putin http://en.letters.kremlin.ru

Please ask them to release all animals in the Sea of Okhotsk, where they were captured and where their families are! This is very important! Please help us save russian whales!
TAKE PART IN ONLINE CHALLENGE:
1. Take a photo with a sheet with the words "I’m waiting for release of orcas and belugas from #WhaleJail this summer" (swipe right for template or you can make your own)
2. Publish on your pages on social media and tag us @freerussianwhales and the following accounts of state bodies and officials @vniro_life @sledcom_rf @ mvd.russia @genprocrf @russian_kremlin @fsb_official_ @president_rf @mincult_russia @burmatoff @_svetlana__radionova_ @ kozhemiako.oleg
IF WE WIN THIS FIGHT THEN THIS SUMMER WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE LIBERATION OF ALL ORCAS AND BELUGAS, BUT WE STILL HAVE A LOT TO DO TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN!

TOGETHER WE CAN FREE THE WHALES!


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indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead