Animals in a Ukrainian zoo have been left to die of starvation in the wake of the country’s political turmoil, it has been claimed.
The director of Kharkiv Zoo blamed Ukraine’s warring politicians for failing to provide funds, saying the zoo only have enough food to last until Monday.
THAT IS TOMORROW!!! 10/03/14
Alexey Grigoriev is said to be ‘in tears’ over the plight of the animals, and has pleaded with the prime minister for help.
’Our animals are not fighting for power, they do not share anyone’s political views, they just want to live,’ said a statement by the zoo.
‘Without emergency measures, our completely innocent animals will start dying next week.’
A pregnant elephant was hungry and on the point of expiring from exhaustion, it was claimed.
Local reports say funds earmarked for the zoo have been sent elsewhere.
A letter sent by the director Grigoriev to Ukraine’s prime minister said: ‘The Kharkiv zoo animals on the verge of starvation.’
Suppliers have been providing food for free for three months but have now refused to provide more, he said, pleading with the government for immediate action.
The country - partially invaded by Russia last week - is also on the point of bankruptcy.
A local campaigner for the zoo, Olga Sitkovskaya, said: ‘I spoke to the director and, sorry for this detail, but this clever, strong adult man burst into tears of helplessness.
‘The city allocates funds needed for maintaining the zoo, but Kiev redirects the money to some of its needs.
'As a result, the animals in the zoo, are in a catastrophic situation.’
‘Along with the whole country, our zoo is living through difficult and terrifying times,’ said the zoo statement.
‘By Monday, we will have nothing with which to feed the animals.’
The native symbol orca or killer whale symbolizes family, romance, longevity, harmony, travel, community and protection. He is said to protect those who travel away from home, and lead them back when the time comes.
These two beautiful orcas (Hugo and Lolita - Miami Seaquarium) were living in the same tank, smaller than the legal size for one orca, at the same time. That is, until Hugo became so depressed he committed suicide by basing his head against the glass until he suffered an aneurism. Still think that picture is cool? No. It’s cruel.
it was also cruel when miami seaquarium placed hugo’s body in the county dump after he took his own life.
This picture makes me sick. The Whale Bowl isn’t even big enough for Lolita by herself, how did these two bear it for ten years like this?
Anonymous asked: Jesus christ what if SW transports all 10 away from California to ANOTHER park if the law comes real?
I don’t think they would be allowed to do that (thank god. I mean the parks are already crowded, can you imagine an influx of ten more orcas on one of the already crowded areas? Sounds hellish)
From my understanding, I don’t think they can move the orcas themselves, their semen or eggs out of the state and I don’t think there is anywhere suitable for them to be moved within the state* so I don’t think moving them is possible
*I’m not too sure about this but someone, please correct me if I’m wrong!
From what I’ve read it would be illegal to transport the orca over state lines to another facility… I may not be 100% correct on that though.
YES, it would be illegal to export the whales over state lines. I repeat: SeaWorld could NOT transport the whales to other parks.
Couldn’t they transport the whales before the law came in? I don’t know how it works in the states, but I’m pretty sure here in the UK there’s a certain delay between the law being agreed upon and it being enforced (I don’t know the technical words but I hope you get what I mean). For example, this is a crap example but for some reason its the first thing that came to mind, on the night before the law came in that banned anyone from drinking alcohol on the tube in London, people set up a huge party on the Circle line and just went round and round drinking as much as they could.
Now I’m not saying that they should do this, but if lawmakers were to agree and pass this as law, what would stop SeaWorld transporting the orcas out of California before the law came in? Is there a delay like that in the states?
I’m not trying to be argumentative, I really don’t know and want some clarity.
I have all the official documents and draft of the bill on my site www.rebelmouse.com/maralkalinian pls check it out. It states no mammal shall cross state lines, nor his/her semen/egg…when this bill passes, there will be sanctuaries to
Yes, I think I understand what the bill states but my point is between the time when the lawmakers go “yes we want this to be a thing” and the date it comes into affect (if that’s how the US system works?!) is there anything to stop them transporting the orcas out?
Well I had written out a long response to explain how the US system works (well, a brief overview at least) and then my wi-fi cut out and I lost it all -_- But long story short yes there is a leeway time between when the bill is approved and when it goes into effect, and generally it’s at least a few months, if I recall correctly. Like, it’s generally not a week from the day the bill is approved or anything.
I seriously HOPE that shit doesn’t pass. If it does, I’m moving fucking where ever the Orcas and my baby Makani are going.
MY baby Makani??? Kasatka’s baby Makani is going somewhere where he won’t die before reaching maturity and will spend the rest of his life with his MOTHER and siblings. That’s why you should be happy for him. He’s not yours.
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