'Free Willy' bill bans dolphin and whale captivity in Canada

Captive dolphins are trained to do things that aren’t natural

Captive dolphins are trained to do things that aren’t natural

On Monday, the Canadian House of Commons made it illegal to keep a whale, dolphin or porpoise captive.

The bill will phase out the practice of keeping captive whales, dolphins and porpoises, but a clause of the bill that will allow marine institutions to keep mammals that were born or conceived before the legislation was passed.

The bill will disallow citizens of Canada to breed the mammals, and if anyone gets caught breeding them, they could pay up to CAD $200,000 for the fine. As PETA noted, both facilities will be allowed to keep the animals they now have in captivity, but once they are relocated or pass away, the facilities will have empty tanks.

"We've known for some time now that cetaceans are a highly intelligent, social, deep-diving species whose needs simple can not be met in a tank", says Dr. Dubois, the BC SPCA's chief scientific officer.

First proposed in 2015, the bill is now awaiting only the symbolic royal approval.

"Right here's validation for all of the troubles that ... prone Marineland workers and activists alike had been stressing for many decades", talked about Demers, who has been involved with Invoice S-203 since the originate.

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The Vancouver Aquarium bowed to public opposition past year and said it would no longer keep dolphins and whales for display. It will permit cetaceans already in captivity to be be kept by their keepers.

The bill exempts the whales now at Marineland and it "acknowledges the educational role of Marineland by prohibiting entertainment only exhibits while continuing to enable Marineland's Academic Displays", the park talked about. This decision was taken after in 2017, two Beluga (species is included in the "Red book") died at the aquarium.

It bans the capture of wild cetaceans, but does allow for the rehabilitation and rescue of the aquatic mammals.

Marineland, meanwhile, has told the government it has more than 50 belugas at its facility. On June 10th, the "Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act" under the Bill S-203, reportedly had its third and final reading, liberating the adorable and intelligent creatures from the bane of human captivity and torture.

The head of Humane Canada, an animal welfare group, said the legislation was needed.

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