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Sochi Is Cashing In On Captured Orca Whales And It's Made A Lot Of People Angry

Some people are even choosing to boycott the Olympics altogether.

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A Russian company captured seven orca whales last summer, and two of them are being displayed in the Sochi Dolphinarium at the Winter Olympics next month.

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In light of recent controversy over marine captivity, it's already sparked immediate outrage.

Orcas, recently captured, will perform in #Sochi. Greed just killed the #Olympic spirit. http://t.co/BPkmZFyxpd #Blackfish #orca

Tomasz Rusek@T_Rusek

Orcas, recently captured, will perform in #Sochi. Greed just killed the #Olympic spirit. http://t.co/BPkmZFyxpd #Blackfish #orca

03:22 AM - 16 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Boycott the #Olympics in #Sochi CAPTIVE KILLER WHALES ARE NOT ENTERTAINMENT! http://t.co/n1kpiWDay2 #BlackFish

EVANGELINA OLIVEIRA@muschifuss998

#Boycott the #Olympics in #Sochi

CAPTIVE KILLER WHALES ARE NOT ENTERTAINMENT!

http://t.co/n1kpiWDay2 #BlackFish

05:46 PM - 15 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Disgusted. #blackfish #captivity Killer whales snared by hunters to be displayed @ Russia's Sochi #WinterOlympics http://t.co/IgRJZeO4gJ.

kDevil@zambezi86

Disgusted. #blackfish #captivity

Killer whales snared by hunters to be displayed @ Russia's Sochi #WinterOlympics http://t.co/IgRJZeO4gJ.

06:54 PM - 12 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Environmental groups and whale researchers are putting pressure on the International Olympic Committee to ask captors to release these whales back into the wild.

Courtesy of San Juan Islands Tourism and Jim Maya / MCT

An online petition targeting the Russian federal government has already garnered over 93,000 signatures.

UPDATE: International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told BuzzFeed via email at the beginning of December that a request for comment was the first time the IOC had heard anything about the use of orcas in Sochi. He also said that the Olympic Organizing Committee in Sochi has "no plans to use Orca whales at the Games."

CORRECTION: The orcas will be on display at the Sochi Dolphinarium, not at the Olympics themselves. An earlier version of this story stated otherwise. (1/16/14)

H/t CBC.ca

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