Owner of ‘whale prison’ decides to complete assignment of President and release animals
Aleksey Reshetov had earlier stated he would not release orcas and beluga whales.
Head of one of the four companies that deal with hunting - Afalina - Aleksey Reshetov has stated orcas and beluga whales would be released from the so-called ‘whale prison’ in compliance with recommendations of the country’s authorities and scientists.
“All are actions are aimed to fullfil the assignment of the President of Russia,” RBC quotes Reshetov as saying.
Head of Afalina added that his company “uses Russian bioresources conscientiously.” Besides that, the company always listens out for scientific concilium that provided outlook as to the animals’ destiny, Reshetov said.
Interestingly, the CEO had earlier - in spite of protests and calls by famous scientists ecologists, and even famous stars - stated he would not release the animals.
“This is my property,” Reshetov noted. After Kremlin commented upon the situation - having stated that this position was remarkable - Reshetov changed his mind.
In November, 2018, it became known about orcas and beluga whales - that had been fished out for resale to foreign seaquariums - in a bay Srednyaia. Court seized the animals and prohibited to transport or sell them.
In April, oceanologist Jean-Michel Cousteau was summoned to rescue the whales. Later, group of experts stated the animals should be released by June 10.
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