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National Animal

The Eurasian brown bear

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life for the sake of his appetite.”

Leo Tolstoy

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Freshwater seals, salmons, sea otters, whales, dolphins, turtles.

Birds:

Starlings, goldfinches, owls, vultures, imperial eagles, snow cocks, swans.

Land mammals:

Roe deer, reindeer, wild boars, chipmunks, squirrels, beavers, lemmings, badgers, martens.

Snakes and insects:

Lizards, European adder, rat snakes, vipers, giant hornets.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Stray dogs can be seen around some of the cities in the country.

In the
Countryside

Horseback riding can be seen in the countryside as it is popular among tourists.

General animal welfare issues

 

In December 2018 much awaited animal rights laws were passed, forbidding killing of stray cats and dogs, organized animal fighting, petting zoos, animals bars and restaurants.

Hunting or poaching:

Animals commonly hunted are rabbit, deer, bear, wolf, moose and birds.

Animal fights:

Animal fights have been recently banned (Dec 2018). will be interesting to see how the local dog fighting "tradition" will react, since they were quite common in some places in the country.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Vita Shelter for homeless animals Sochi Dogs

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as these practices still frequently take place in many countries.

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