Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Animal welfare organisations call on IOC to stop dolphin exploitation during Winter Olympics

January 2014: In response to the news Russia is planning to use captive dolphins as part of their opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics 30 international and national animal protection organisations, are calling on the International Olympic Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee to step in and reverse the decision. 

The charity leaders have requested that the President of the IOC and the President of the Russian Olympic Committee halt plans to use an endangered Black Sea bottlenose dolphin during the Olympic Torch relay. There are also concerns with reports that two orcas (killer whales) have been caught in Russian waters, possibly destined for captivity in a dolphinarium in Sochi, in time for the Games.

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