For wild orcas, which are incredibly sensitive and intelligent, captivity is a terrible thing. These creatures have often been torn from their family groups and stuffed, terrified, into tanks that must seem incredibly claustrophobic when compared to the freedom of the open ocean.
We should be phasing out putting orcas in captivity -- but now, the host city for the 2014 Olympics in Russia is planning on flying in two wild-caught orcas so they can be displayed for strangers during the festivities, according to Care2.
It's bad enough that Sochi already has a dolphinarium. The fact that they're adding to their collection of marine mammals to try to make even more money from tourists is absolutely unforgivable.
The capture and display of orcas causes immense suffering to the whales, and poses a risk to human life -- some animals become psychotic with the stress and attack their trainers. It is not something that should be associated with an event as positive as the Olympics.
Tell Russia to release its newly-caught orcas, and cancel its plans to display them during the Olympics!
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