Canada to ban conserving whales, dolphins in captivity | CBC Files

Eloise Marshall
June 14, 2019

In an announcement Monday, Marineland Canada talked about it complies with "all aspects" of the bill.

Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ont., and the Vancouver Aquarium in B.C. are the only two places that now keep captive cetaceans.

The bill also restricts importing and exporting these animals, and bans making them perform for entertainment.

The Executive Director of Humane Society International/Canada, Rebecca Aldworth, said, "The passage of Bill S-203 is a watershed moment in the protection of marine animals and a victory for all Canadians".

The House of Commons is reportedly looking to pass legislation that bans shark finning, sexual assault and all forms of animal fighting, and cosmetic testing on animals.

"This legislation heralds a change in how Canadians are thinking", Barbara Cartwright, CEO of animal welfare group Humane Canada, tells the Globe and Mail.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that the country will ban single-use plastics, such as bags and straws, as early as 2021, according to The Associated Press.

The law prohibits the catch and capture the whale, however, makes allowances for the fact that the rehabilitation and rescue of animals, it can be done.

"Many scientists testified to why it was critical that we stop keeping cetaceans in captivity". The bill is also known as the "Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act" or "Free Willy" bill.

"Many other countries are doing that and Canada will be one of them", Trudeau said.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who happened to sponsor the bill in the House of Commons, said that this is something Canadians have clearly wanted, stating that we "want the cruel practice of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity to end".

Vancouver Aquarium only has one cetacean (a dolphin) in captivity, because the city of Vancouver banned the aquarium from bringing in new cetaceans after two beluga whales died there within two weeks of each other, according to CTV News. CNN reports on the "Free Willy" bill-named for the 1993 flick in which a boy "risks everything" to free a whale from an aquarium-which will outlaw holding cetaceans such as whales, porpoises, or dolphins in captivity.

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