Ask Russia to Release Two Wild Orcas Captured for New Moscow Aquarium
Wild orcas were snatched from their homes in the wild last year so that they can be confined to a concrete prison in Moscow.
Update (October 2014): The two orcas, a 7-year-old female named
Narnia and an unnamed 5-year-old male, have
been held captive in tiny covered tanks for the past 10 months, according
to Russian animal rights group Vita. The orcas' cries can be heard outside their concrete
prison cells at the VDNKh exhibition centre in Moscow, Vita says.
The animals are apparently being held in these
temporary facilities pending the opening of a new aquarium under construction,
which has been delayed until 2015. Experts warn that the whales could go deaf
or insane in the meantime from the intense solitary confinement. Wild orcas
live in close-knit social groups and swim up to 150 kilometres a day. Vita says
that these captive orcas are being kept in individual holding tanks in a facility that is just 65 metres long.
Exploiting these whales is unethical and behind the times. Please take action!
Send a message to the Russian Ambassador to the UK asking for the orcas to be released back into the wild where they belong.
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