BREAKING NEWS: The Prosecutor General’s Office demands the initiation of a criminal case into the catch and illegal sale of seven killer whales from Russian Far East.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia sent materials to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to initiate a criminal case into the catch and illegal sale of seven killer whales in the Far East. It was established during Prosecutor General’s Office investigation that the management of four commercial organizations provided false information about the intention to use killer whales in cultural and educational activities in 2012-2015.
On this basis, they were granted permits to catch more than 10 orca individuals. The capture in the territory of the Russian Federation is allowed only for educational and scientific-educational purposes. Despite that 7 orcas had been captured , kept in Primorsk and Khabarovsk districts bases, and then sold abroad. According to the customs documents, the cost of only one killer whale was 77 million rubles (1,220,450$), and the total amount of damage caused to Russian Federation exceeds 270 million rubles (4,279,500$). In this regard, the first deputy prosecutor general of the Russian Federation, Alexander Buksman, ruled to send the materials of the prosecutor's inspection to the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia to start criminal prosecution. According to the Prosecutor General's Office, there are signs of fraud in a particularly large amount in the actions of company executives of organization that captured orcas. ⠀
This is great news - we truly hope this will lead to a better future of orcas and belugas in Russia! In the last 5 years 19 orcas and more than 200 belugas were captures in Russia and sold to China. New captures are planned to resume this year.