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

The Canadian Government Has Officially Banned Whale & Dolphin Captivity After

The House of Commons of Canada on Monday passed a new legislation which bans whale and dolphin captivity in the country.

"Nothing fantastic ever happens in a hurry", Humane Canada tweeted after the bill passed Monday.

The new law also shuts down the cetacean trade by banning the import and export of whales and dolphins. However, it allows parks now holding animals in captivity to keep those already owned. From now on, any human who keeps a cetacean in captivity, breeds or impregnates a cetacean, or possesses (or tries to possess) a cetacean's "reproductive materials", (such as an embryo or sperm), will be found "guilty of an offense punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding $200,000". We understand why because they are obviously not akin to other animals, for instance, livestock.

Scientists have long supported the movement of animal rights activists, based on the fact that the whale needed the ocean, a huge space, acoustic communication across long distances.

The bill was originally introduced back in 2015 to the Senate, and with time it made way into the House of Commons, reports outlet Global News.

"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. Breeding is also banned.


The Vancouver Aquarium bowed to public opposition a year ago and said it would no longer keep dolphins and whales for display.

This bill will, however, allow the legitimate research and rescue of animals in distress.

In Marineland is about 50 belugas. It also applied to move five more belugas to facilities in the United States, but hasn't received those approvals yet, a Fisheries spokeswoman said late last week. But today we celebrate that we have ended the captivity and breeding of whales and dolphins.

"It didn't take very long before I was deemed a problem employee because of the fact that I was taking the position that the animals needed more", he said.

"Kiska" has outlived all of her children born at Marineland and is the sole orca left at the facility.

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