Russia Orders Firm to Release 100 Captive Whales After Pressure From Leonardo DiCaprio

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Last month, Leonardo Di Carpio sent out a tweet asking his 19 million Twitter followers to sign an online petition to support the release of 100 captive orca and beluga whales, kept in cramped enclosures ready to sell to aquariums and Chinese buyers.

“Please sign this petition and join me in speaking out against the inhumane capture of orcas and belugas in Russia,” he wrote on February 26. It received over 900,000 signatures.

Actress Pamela Anderson took a stand too and posted an open letter to Vladimir Putin on her website.

Vladimir Putin is said to have stepped in to handle the matter personally.

Following the protocol of how to release the whales without causing any harm to them is creating a delay. Therefore, the animals have to remain in the cramped enclosures, which have been nicknamed “whale prison,” by the Russian media.

The RIA-Novosti and TASS news agencies said FSB (Russia’s Federal security service has brought charges against four companies for breaking the fishing laws. Complicating things further is the fact that Russia has no direct ban on this nor implementing further laws against such actions, thus allowing whales to be caught in specific circumstances for educational and scientific purposes.

Let’s hope that they get back into their natural habitat asap.

Leonardo DiCaprio has a foundation (LDF) dedicated to protecting wellbeings of all Earth’s inhabitants. They support projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. One of his projects was to save gray wolves from distinction.

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