A marine charity is asking supporters to lobby the Russian government to stop the capture of rare Russian orca whales for entertainment industries in countries such as Japan and the US.
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) wants £30,000 to campaign for the repeal of permits to capture orcas for use in marine parks or by aquariums. To raise awareness, it is asking supporters to write to Russian government officials.
"The more letters that are written and the more money that is raised will all go towards raising the levels of awareness in Russia of just how vulnerable the orca whale community is," said Cathy Williamson, captivity campaigner at WDCS. "Our research has found that the officials that are actually granting these permits have very little knowledge about the orcas or about what happens to them in captivity."
The appeal pack asks supporters to give a one-off gift of between £15 and £500.