Tuesday, 18 June, 2019

Canada Prohibits People From Keeping Dolphins and Whales in Captivity

The Canadian Government Has Officially Banned Whale & Dolphin Captivity After Canada Just Banned Whale and Dolphin Captivity
Sandra Phillips | 14 June, 2019, 15:27

OTTAWA, Canada- Canada's House of Commons passed a bill Monday to make it illegal to hold a whale, dolphin or porpoise captive, punishable by fines up to $150,000 Dollars.

Banning the capturing of wild cetaceans along with banning captive breeding and import and export of the attractive aquatic mammals, Ottowa on the 10th of June passed the legislation that criminalizes the acts, according to multiple reports.

Dubbed the "Free Willy bill" after the children's film, it places restrictions on importing and exporting cetaceans and bans making them perform for entertainment, with fines of up to $200,000 (€133,000) for breaches.

"This is such an important law because it bans breeding, making sure the whales and dolphins now kept in tiny tanks in Canada are the last generation to suffer", Melissa Matlow, campaign director at the NGO World Animal Protection Canada, declared in response to the news.

Quoted by CP24 news, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, said "Many scientists testified to why it was critical that we stop keeping cetaceans in captivity".

Now that it's been passed in the commons and after being passed in the Senate back in 2015, the bill must gain "royal assent" in order to officially become law. The passage of the law has been lauded by animal-rights activists, who have campaigned against dolphins in captivity for decades.

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"Whales and dolphins are incredible, majestic creatures who belong swimming free in the ocean-not confined to tiny, miserable concrete tanks", Camille Labchuk, Executive Director of Canadian organization Animal Justice told VegNewsin celebration of the bill. It will permit cetaceans already in captivity to be be kept by their keepers. Breeding is also banned.

Vancouver Aquarium previous year announced its decision to no longer contain the whale, and now they have only 1 Dolphin.

It recently received approval to export two belugas, both owned by the Vancouver Aquarium, to a park in Spain. Animals being held for licensed scientific research are also allowed.

"Marineland could never be again, if it wanted to start today", said Demers, a longtime critic of Marieland who is engaged in a legal battle with the facility.

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

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