“Izvestia”: in Russia they proposed to create an authority for the supervision of cetaceans
In Russia, it was proposed to create an authority for the supervision of cetaceans, this order of aquatic mammals includes whales, including killer whales, dolphins and porpoises. The issue will be dealt with by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Natural Resources and other departments. This is reported by Izvestia with reference to the minutes of the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko.
It is also necessary to finalize the draft law on fisheries and the conservation of biological resources. The State Duma proposed to ban the capture of cetaceans for cultural and educational purposes.
State Duma deputy Svetlana Bessarab explained that the problem of the urgent need to amend the legislation is related to the “whale prison” events, when 11 killer whales and 90 beluga whales were found in terrible conditions in the Territory. of Primorsky. The parliamentarian recalled that the capture was carried out with serious violations of the law.
The ban was supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Rosprirodnadzor, but was not approved by the Ministry of Culture and the Federal Fisheries Agency.
The Ministry of Natural Resources pointed out that the FSB could become the most effective body for the supervision and repression of illegal mining.
Liability can be strengthened by amending Article 256 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Illegal extraction of aquatic biological resources”), adding additional penalties – imprisonment or fines of up to five million rubles, the department said.
The Federal Fisheries Agency expressed its disagreement with the ban, noting that keeping animals in captivity is also intended to preserve populations. The Ministry of Culture indicated that the activities of dolphinariums and circuses are licensed.
On February 28, it was reported that State Duma deputy Svetlana Bessarab had drafted a bill that would ban the capture of dolphins, killer whales and other marine animals for cultural and educational purposes. She pointed out that dolphinariums are banned in many countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, supported the idea of banning cetacean fishing for cultural and entertainment purposes.
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