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All captured Far East whales released – Russia's human rights body

10:58 11/11/2019

MOSCOW, November 11 (RAPSI) – All orca whales and white whales, which had been illegally captured in the Primorsk Territory of Russia’s Far East, were returned to the high sea, the press service of the Presidential Council for Human Rights reports Monday.

The rescue operation was launched in late June.

Earlier, human rights advocates repeatedly called to release captured mammals as soon as possible.

During the probe into a mammal poaching case launched in November 2018 investigators established that 90 white whales and 11 orca whales were mistreated in a local oceanic mammal adaptation center.

In February, President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Ministry of Agriculture to seal the fate of mammals held in the so-called whale prison in the Primorsk Territory of Russia’s Far East.

That same month, investigation was opened into alleged cruelty to captured orca whales and white whales. During the probe into a mammal poaching case launched in November 2018 investigators established that 90 white whales and 11 orca whales were mistreated in a local oceanic mammal adaptation center.

In May, local authorities said that the whales could be released in two months. A court on Sakhalin island held that the mammals were captured illegally but did not seize them from catching companies.


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All captured Far East whales released – Russia's human rights body

10:58 11/11/2019 All orca whales and white whales, which had been illegally captured in the Primorsk Territory of Russia’s Far East, were returned to the high sea, the press service of the Presidential Council for Human Rights reports Monday.
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