Target: Vladimir Putin, President, and Sergey Donskoi, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Goal: Prevent the capture and abuse of endangered whales and dolphins in Russia.
An astounding number of dolphins and whales are killed for consumption or captured and sold into captivity despite worldwide efforts to stop this trade. There is a battle in the U.S. right now between the Georgia Aquarium and the federal government over the importation of 18 Russian beluga whales. Our federal government is taking a stand by refusing the import, and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson took a stand in the very place from where these beautiful whales come: Russia.
President Vladimir Putin and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoi afforded Anderson the opportunity to speak at the Eastern Russia Economic Forum in Vladivostok the first week of September. During the summit, Anderson implored upon the Russian government to become, “… a nation that recognizes the rights and ecological value of animals.” The heart of Anderson’s speech requested that the nation stop killing whales and dolphins and free dolphins currently in captivity.
Anderson took the issue a step further and called upon the Russian government to oppose trading dolphin and whale products by banning the transit of these items through Russian territory, including by air and sea. Anderson requested the Russians refuse transport of any endangered animal product through their land in an effort to continue to curb hunting and trade of whales, dolphins and other threatened and endangered species.
Hundreds of whales and tens of thousands of dolphins are killed annually, some of which killings are authorized by the Russian government. Join Pamela Anderson and ask that the Russian government end its whale and dolphin trade.
Dear President Putin and Minister Donskoi,
I am writing to stand in solidarity with Pamela Anderson and ask that you end your country’s whale and dolphin trade and free the animals you currently have in captivity. As Ms. Anderson accurately stated in her address during your Eastern Russian Economic Forum, these animals play a crucial role within our oceanic ecosystems and it’s time to recognize their value and worth.
I am also encouraging you to ban transport of any threatened or endangered animal products through your country. We must stand globally to stop the inhumane killing and senseless trade of precious animals and their products. Elephants and rhinos alone are poached each year for ivory, something that is illegal in most of the world. The animal populations are becoming extinct due to greed, and that includes many species of whales and dolphins.
Please honor what Ms. Anderson said during your annual summit. Our oceans need their precious whales and dolphins. Stop killing them for meat and animal products and stop capturing them for trade.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Russian Government