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President of Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russian Federation Mr. Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin

Honorable President Putin,
Prime Minister of Russian Federation Mr. Dmitry Medvedev,
Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin

Esteemed leaders of Russian Federation,
You have an opportunity to become world leaders in the movement to reform the inhumane treatment of marine mammals. We urge you to seize this opportunity, make it your own, and to take immediate action now!
Under pressure from the international community, many countries have banned “traveling” dolphinariums because animals are subject to enormous stress, cruelty and abuse. It is technically impossible to provide adequate and healthy living conditions in a traveling circus. Even in the case of a “stationary” dolphinarium, no captive facility can hope to replicate wild living environments.
It is a well-established fact that capturing dolphins, orcas and belugas from their natural environments is extremely detrimental to both the captured animals as well as their remaining family members. It is inhumane and generally no longer considered an acceptable practice. Dolphinariums in Europe are under fire and eventually will close. SeaWorld, in the United States, is suffering dramatic stock decline and is currently being challenged for its practices in the US courts. India has banned all dolphinariums and has joined other countries in recognizing dolphins as “non-human persons” which will assure they receive legal protection.
The situation with marine mammals in the Russian Federation is shocking, a country that even today provides no incentives at all for proper care of captured cetaceans and other marine mammals. There are 12 “traveling” dolphinariums in Russia. There is only three other country where traveling dolphinariums are legal - in Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Belorus. Worse still, the number of oceanariums in Russia is growing. Laws in Russia protecting marine mammals are either absent or insufficient. The practice of capturing, transportation and keeping orcas, beluga whales and dolphins not regulated and remains uncontrolled. Illegal poaching is not prosecuted and any attempts to confront it are easily bypassed due to corruption or weakness of protective laws and their enforcement.
The most recent evidence coming to light of this uncivilized behavior are the newly disclosed conditions of beluga whales in the Russian Traveling Dolphinarium which recently came to the city of Perm. Two Beluga whales were kept for days in containers that they could barely fit into in water filled with their own urine and feces. Anybody would agree that this is inhumane and barbaric. And yet, despite citizens’ complaints to the law enforcement organizations, nothing was done. This inhumanity and barbarity will continue unless you, as political leaders of the Russian Federation, will stand up, speak out, and put an end to this once and for all.
Dolphins, orcas and beluga whales are highly intelligent and social beings. They live in tight family units and are extremely close to each other. They are very much like us and deserve to live their own lives just like any of us do. It is inhumane to kidnap and exploit them as much as it would be inhumane if our own children would be kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Considering the above, we are respectfully asking that you join us and take these positive steps:
1. Please take all necessary steps as leaders of Russia to ban traveling dolphinariums due to cruel and inhumane nature of them. The proposed law ”Responsible Treatment of Animals" (Об ответсвенном Обращении с Животными)” would be a perfect opportunity to include that in.
2. Please ban the import of dolphins from other countries and most notably from Japan. Today, in Russia, there are no laws even slightly regulating importation of dolphins, thus placing Russia without its own acquiescence as effectively supporting massive dolphin genocide in Japan. Over 20 000 dolphins are massacred there every year, with many of them are kidnapped and sold to dolphinariums in Russia and China.
3. Please ban kidnapping of orcas and beluga whales from the wild. It is inhumane and extremely destructive, not only to those kidnapped, but to their families too. Many belugas and orcas die during such hunts. As history of kidnappings proves for each captured orca, one or two animals die. Capturing beluga whales is even more tragic. In 2013, about 30 beluga whales died in the course of capturing.
4. Please ban keeping of orcas, beluga whales and dolphins in “stationary” dolphinariums. It is a very well proven fact that even in “high” level oceanariums such as SeaWorld, cetaceans are subject to extreme stress and have to be heavily medicated to keep their sanity and life.
5. Please ban so called “Dolphin Assisted Therapy”. It is scientifically proven that Dolphin Assisted Therapy is much less effective than other Animal Assisted Therapy, with dogs for example. It is also a proven fact that swimming with dolphins in captivity is potentially dangerous to people. The Dolphin Assisted Therapy is nothing but charlatanism used to justify enslaving and exploitation of innocent beings from the one hand and exploitation of desperate people from the second one.
Esteemed leaders of the Russian Federation, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated". These are the words of Mahatma Gandhi.
It is impossible to build a society of happy people, while cruelty and inhumanity is exercised to other living beings. We are appealing to you as well-known nature lovers yourself, and to your sense of humanity and justice. People, governments and countries all over the world will admire you for taking this opportunity to demonstrate to the world that Russia is a progressive and humane country determined to become a world leader on this important issue.

Signed,

Oleg Finodeyev

This petition closed over 1 year ago

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The situation with marine mammals in the Russian Federation is shocking! There are 12 "traveling" dolphinariums in Russia. There is only three other country where traveling dolphinariums are legal...

The situation with marine mammals in the Russian Federation is shocking! There are 12 "traveling" dolphinariums in Russia. There is only three other country where traveling dolphinariums are legal - in Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Belorus.  The number of oceanariums in Russia is growing. Laws to protect marine mammals are either absent or insufficient. Capturing, transporting and keeping them is not regulated and is uncontrolled. There are no incentives for proper care of captured cetaceans and other marine mammals. Illegal poaching is not prosecuted and any attempts to confront it is easily bypassed, due to corruption or weakness of protective laws and their enforcement. The tragic reality is that ANYBODY can buy dolphin, orca or beluga and put them in their bathtub! They are absolutely unprotected from greed and cruelty.

Please, add your voice to stop this barbarity. There are good people in Russia fighting it but their voices are mainly ignored. It is the time that we, as Humans, all around the world, have to stand up and defend cetaceans who have bad luck to live in Russian waters just as dolphins in Taiji waters.

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