Respected President Vladimir Putin,
I am writing to you about the 11 orcas and 87 beluga whales currently in captivity near Nakhodka, Russia.
I want to thank the Government of the Russian Federation for taking important steps to stop the international sale of these whales.
I understand that the Russian Government has taken initial steps toward the release of these magnificent creatures back into the wild, in their home waters of the Russian Far East. I am very grateful for this news. I understand that a final decision has not yet been made to release the orcas and belugas back into the wild, and I respectfully ask that you resolve this by ordering their release.
We hope that your government will work together with Russian ecologists and international specialists to develop a professional plan to return these orca and beluga whales to the wild.
As you know, people around the world have become increasingly concerned about marine biodiversity, and about the health and vitality of whales in particular. News about the “whale jail” near Nakhodka, the icy conditions, and the suffering of the orca and beluga whales is causing international concern. The Russian Government clearly shown its leadership by stopping the international sale of these orcas and belugas. By releasing these animals back into the wild, Russia can further demonstrate its leadership, which will be welcomed around the world.