VIDEO: Degrading Conditions at Russia’s Traveling Marine Circuses

Some of the cruelest and most degrading forms of captivity can be found in traveling dolphinariums and marine circuses.

Traveling dolphinarium, Russia

Performing beluga whales in traveling dolphinarium
Credit: SaveDolphins.net


Traveling dolphinarium, Russia

Performing sea lion and beluga whales in traveling dolphinarium
Credit: SaveDolphins.net

Below this blog, watch the video obtained by SaveDolphins.net showing a beluga whale being loaded onto a truck as a traveling circus leaves Smolensk City in Russia. Two belugas and a sea lion, both captured in Russian waters, had already spent hours in transit at the time this video was taken.

Traveling circuses are also popular in Indonesia, where three separate companies operate under appalling conditions. The animals are frequently hauled out of their plastic performing pools and loaded into the back of trucks, along with other animals, as the circuses move from town to town. The transportation is so stressful that many of the dolphins die from stress and lack of proper care.

Traveling dolphinarium, Russia

Beluga being loaded into transport crate, Russia
Credit: SaveDolphins.net


Traveling dolphinarium, Russia

Beluga being loaded into transport crate, Russia
Credit: SaveDolphins.net


Traveling dolphinarium, Russia

Beluga confined on transport truck, Russia
Credit: SaveDolphins.net

Update: As of 5/12/2016, the two belugas have been confined in transportation tanks for over 30 hours.

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About Cara Sands

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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.

A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.

It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.

Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!

"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands

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