The Olympics is a time to celebrate the human athlete. Why then is Russia insisting on capturing animals in the wild to perform in the Sochi Dolphinarium as part of the 2014 Winter Olympics? Two killer whales were recently taken from the wild and will be showcased in the tank along with a wild caught and endangered Black Sea captive dolphin who is scheduled to carry the Olympic torch during opening ceremonies.
Taking animals from the wild and showcasing them in such a visible venue supports the destruction of these animals, their families, and their environment. Is that the message the International Olympic Committee wants to send to the world?
In addition, the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21, Sport for Sustainable Development, focuses on respect for the environment. As the films Blackfish and The Cove clearly show, there is no respect for the environment or its inhabitants when whales and dolphins are chased until caught, with many of them dying in the process, while others are purposefully killed so the young can be taken for display in concrete bathtubs or confined to sea pens.
Write to the head of the International Olympic Committee urging the committee to reject the use of whales and dolphins in the ceremonies marking the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Additionally, write the ambassador from Russia to the United States, letting him know that you want his country to cease taking orcas and dolphins from the wild.
Thomas Bach, President
International Olympic Committee
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The Honorable Sergey I. Kislyak
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007