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Sat Jan 18, 2014, 08:14 PM

WTF?! Two Orcas Captured by Hunters for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Even with “Blackfish” and orca freedom movements gaining international ground, all the information available illustrating why orcas do not belong in captivity seems to be falling on deaf ears in Russia. According to the Mirror, hunters have officially captured two wild orcas that will be kept in a “small concrete tank following a 4,614-mile flight” from Russia’s far east. The aim is to have these two orcas on display at the Sochi Dolphinarium just in time for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which will begin on February 7.

“It’s a sad day for Russia, a sad thing for the Olympics and a very sad situation for two orcas who now will be flying across seven time zones to spend the rest of their lives in captivity,” a spokesperson for Whale and Dolphin Conservation said via the Mirror. This capture comes just a few months after seven other wild orcas were brought into captivity from Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk. Like the new orca pair, these seven are set to live the remainder of their lives in concrete pools far from their wild homes where they once swam up to 100 miles a day.

Russia’s decision is not just a blatant disregard for marine mammal protection and the 89,813 signers of this petition urging Sochi not to display orcas. It is also a huge slap in the face to what the Olympics truly stand for. The Olympic games showcase the brilliant and wondrous feats the human body can accomplish, but in capturing orcas, Russia has turned this celebration and competition on its head by taking away these very same brilliant and wondrous feats from another species.

What’s more, forcing orcas to lock away their natural behaviors just so a little extra cash can be made is far cry from the “moral beauty” Pierre de Coubertin remarked that the Olympic games motto, Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger), embodies. There is nothing beautiful in taking away another species’ freedom. And there has never been anything moral about it either.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/two-orcas-captured-by-hunters-for-2014-sochi-winter-olympics/

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Response to undeterred (Original post)

Sat Jan 18, 2014, 08:22 PM

1. Jack Hanna: "The Whales Seem Happy"

 

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 18, 2014, 08:33 PM

2. What a jerk he is! /nt

 

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 18, 2014, 09:43 PM

5. Jack Hanna is a fuckwad.

What the hell would he know about whales being happy? I am sure that any of us would be happy to be grabbed from our homes and families and thrown into a prison cell for the rest of our lives.

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Sat Jan 18, 2014, 08:37 PM

3. This is deplorable!

 

I saw Blackfish. It was heartbreaking. I really wish it had been nominated for an Oscar.

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Sat Jan 18, 2014, 09:23 PM

4. At best this is a huge distraction from the Olympics

and at worst its cruel and demeaning to these beautiful animals.

I've never been to an Olympics but if I do the last thing I'm going to spend money and time on is anything other than watching athletes compete. What is the point of exhibiting animals at an Olympics? To make money?

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Response to undeterred (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 18, 2014, 10:03 PM

6. Sochi City Dolphinarium "Aquatoria"

 

Sochi City Dolphinarium "Aquatoria"
www.sochi.delfinary.com

Sochi City Dolphinarium "Aquatoria" is a favorite recreation centre for tourist and local residents. More than two million people visitors for last 13 years. Each performance in "Aquatoria" is a mix of joy, laughter and excitement - a real treat for children and adults. Our unique marine animal’s shows won’t leave anyone indifferent.

http://www.whitesphere.ru/en/partnjory

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