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.

1. 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.


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

5. 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

6. 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)


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