The biggest marine mammal issue in Russia for past few years concerns the 18 Russian-caught beluga whales now sitting in legal limbo. NOAA rejected the application to import them to Sea World and other aquariums, a ruling which the marine parks disputed. This has been argued in federal court and is now sitting with the judge, who needs to determine whether the agency (NOAA) appropriately denied the permit.
The big point I'm trying to make in Russia-
Is that - President Putin
Should not allow any whales to be captured/exported.
In June 2012, the Georgia Aquarium filed a permit application with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA) to transfer the 18 belugas—which had been collected by Russian scientists in the Sea of Okhotsk in the late 2000s and early 2010s to its Atlanta facility and to several other aquariums in the United States, including three SeaWorld parks….
In August 2013, NOAA Fisheries denied the aquarium’s application, citing three concerns. First, the agency claimed that it could not definitively determine whether or not the collection of the whales would impact the stock from which they were taken. Second, it held that the importation of the 18 whales could increase the demand for whale capture operations in Russia. And third, the agency noted that five of the belugas “were potentially still nursing” when captured….
The Georgia Aquarium called the denial of the permit “arbitrary,” disputed the NOAA’s estimate of the beluga population for the stock in question, and filed a complaint in a U.S. District Court with the goal of reversing the decision.
Last Friday [8/14], almost two years after the suit was filed, the case came to federal court and now District Judge Amy Totenberg is tasked with deciding whether or not NOAA held the aquarium to an illegal standard. The decision could come down any day – or may be months away.
I'd like to take this opportunity
to tell people - that I will engage with Russia and China -
as great powers, Both have the historic opportunity - and the moral duty to speak up for environmental issues, human and animal rights.
People are increasingly skeptical and critical about western propaganda, politics, and the “way things are”. People are looking for alternatives and solutions!
Russia and China can play an important role.
I am so grateful to have this incredible opportunity to address Russian leaders...
Which will include speaking out against oil drilling and other plans for exploitation of Arctic resources. Canada and Russia are in direct competition in the new "scramble for the Arctic", and it is insane.
The only reason the Arctic resource scramble is happening is because of warming seas/global warming/loss of sea ice - and they're going up there to do the very things that created that crisis in the first place!