According to the Russian news Vesti.ru Deputies of the State Duma of Russian Federation intend to add ban on traveling dolphin shows and contact zoos to the proposed bill “On Responsible treatment of animals”.
The deputy chairman of the Duma committee on ecology and environmental protection Vladimir Panov, who oversees the finalization of the bill, explained to TASS (Russian News Agency
Tass.com) that animals in contact zoos are in constant stress as they can not avoid contact with visitors. In addition, inadequate conditions in captivity such as bright artificial light, strong noise, limited space and lack of exercise leads to premature death of animals. Panov explained that it is impossible to provide the necessary conditions for marine mammals in traveling dolphinariums because of constant transportation.
The bill “On Responsible Treatment of Animals” was submitted to the State Duma in the autumn of 2010. In March 2011, the deputies adopted it in the first reading. In the fall of 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin recalled the need for further development and adoption of this bill.