Did Leonardo DiCaprio Get Vladimir Putin To Release 100 Whales ?

March 04, 2019

Award-winning actor, environmentalist, and investor Leonardo DiCaprio has convinced Russian authorities to release 100 captive beluga whales.This news comes shortly after Leonardo tweeted a plea for the whales on Tuesday, asking his more than 18 million followers to sign a petition demanding the release of the whales. The actor’s tweet received over 20,000 likes and the Change.org petition it was linked to received over 900,000 signatures, reports People.com.

“Please sign this petition and join me in speaking out against the inhumane capture of orcas and belugas in Russia (sic),” Leo had tweeted. 

President Putin reportedly became aware of the situation and ordered a decision on the fate of the animals last week. He gave his environmental and agricultural ministers until today to make a decision.
Despite the ruling, the animals are still being held captive as Ecology Minister Dmitry Kobylkin told TASS news agency the “most important thing is to release them properly,” he said. At press time there was no release date set.

DiCaprio has been an outspoken advocate for wildlife and protecting the environment. He’s become particularly vocal about the vaquita – a critically endangered Pacific ocean porpoise threatened by commercial fishing. There are an estimated 30 left in the wild. DiCaprio produced the documentary “Sea of Shadows” about the rare dolphins. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance film festival.

Last year he partnered with primatologist and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall on the release of a limited-edition line of clothing called Don’t Let Them Disappear with all proceeds going toward ape conservation efforts. In an Instagram post, DiCaprio said the line was launching to help “raise awareness for ape conservation and support teams on the ground working to save this incredible species.” 

Last November, DiCaprio along with actor Brad Pitt, appeared in a video urging Americans to vote on critical legislation including California’s Prop 12, which is now the most progressive farm animal welfare policy in the nation.

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