John M. Becker

Sochi Aquarium Will Display Captive Orcas at Olympics

Filed By John M. Becker | January 16, 2014 2:30 PM | comments

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Tags: animal abuse, anumal cruelty, Blackfish, killer whales, Olympics, Olympics 2014, orcas, Sochi, Sochi 2014

captive-orca.jpgJust in case the Sochi Olympics weren't already giving the world enough to be horrified about, the UK's Mirror is reporting that two orcas have been captured in southeastern Russia and will be flown to a Sochi aquarium to be displayed at the Games:

Two killer whales cruelly snared by hunters are to be displayed at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The mammals, which can grow up to 22ft long and swim 100 miles a day, are set to be kept in a "small concrete tank" after a 4,614-mile flight from the far east of Russia.

Animal protection advisers said the move to exhibit the orcas - not really whales but members of the dolphin family - was cruel and a "callous attempt to cash in on the Olympics". Campaigners say the two killer whales, along with six others, are being held "in small pools" near Vladivostok.

A source told the Sunday People: "This is so wrong. The Sochi Dolphinarium is shamelessly trying to cash in on the Olympics by exploiting these creatures who should be roaming free in the wild. It goes against everything the Olympics should be about. It's sickening."

If you're shrugging your shoulders and asking why this matters at all, head over to Netflix and watch the heartbreaking documentary Blackfish. Michael and I finally got around to watching the film ourselves last night, and we were shocked and horrified by the cruelty involved in capturing orcas and the psychological abuse and trauma that captivity subjects them to.

Then again, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. After all, with the way the Russian government mistreats vulnerable members of the human family, there's no reason to think Sochi's aquarium would treat nonhumans any differently.

Image source: the Orca Project.
h/t: Towleroad.

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