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Jun 12

Canada Parliament Votes to End Captivity of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Canada’s full parliament has voted in favor of prohibiting the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The Canada Parliament has passed Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act. The measure places an explicit ban on anyone capturing and placing into captivity (and breeding) dolphins (including porpoises) and whales.

As noted by VegNews, the laws passage means that the only two facilities in Canada that currently house cetaceans (the Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland) will no longer be able to breed or import cetaceans, use them in a show or performance, and protects those currently in captivity from being used for profit.

Bill S-203 does clarify that the temporary capitivity of whales, porpoises and dolphins is allowed when one is rescued and needs rehabilitation.

“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 animal law organization Animal Justice, told VegNews. “This bill is a tremendous opportunity for Canada to be a world leader in protecting whales and dolphins, and polling shows that Canadians overwhelmingly support ending whale and dolphin captivity.”

Canada now joins France and Mexico as nations that have banned whale and dolphin captivity.

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