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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 07:50 AM

Canada Bans Keeping Whales, Dolphins In Captivity


Canada Bans Keeping Whales, Dolphins In Captivity
The “Free Willy” bill will become law by the end of June.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/canada-ban-whales-dolphins-in-captivity_n_5cff6a78e4b06d839dc4803d?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuaHVmZnBvc3QuY29tLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAA1L9QPD3w5ylMsEbk_MnipWPnCYRVt1ndg9BsPZx16OFDG3FwEpp28IJbxDII7kDcUs-AOiBxz527BKsWe7yP6kjiM9RVE0a1eg1-vX51EQ7r7z0X1GM7WiUNWny0zWDI2nSjtlvA5YyzBdxxUrCtHZluXjDO9X_anRaiToliwC

By Zi-Ann Lum 330



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The bill, which originated in the Senate, amends the Criminal Code to make it illegal to keep a cetacean (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) in captivity, and to breed them in captivity. The bill also bans the import and export of marine mammals, as well as their embryos and sperm.

Retired senator Wilfred Moore first introduced the bill in December 2015. He told reporters he was feeling a mix of “relief and joy” shortly after the bill’s passage.

“Canada is better for this,” he said.

Moore left the Senate in 2017. He blamed Conservative senators for using procedural tactics to keep his bill languishing in the red chamber. May joked that Marineland, an Ontario theme park that currently has belugas in captivity, “managed to hold Conservative senators in captivity for a remarkably long time.”

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The new legislation comes with a handful of loopholes. While it will prevent new cetaceans from being held in captivity, it won’t release the whales and dolphins currently held in Ontario or British Columbia.

There are also two exceptions for capturing cetaceans: for licensed scientific research (rescues and rehabilitation), or if it’s deemed to be in the creature’s “best interests.” It will be up to the minister of fisheries and oceans to make those determinations.

Marineland had tried to amend the bill earlier this year, suggesting that its current wording will force the Niagara Falls amusement park to terminate late stage pregnancies of beluga whales.

The claim was debunked by Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice, who said the wording of the bill grandfathers cetaceans already in captivity.

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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 08:42 AM

1. Good news. Thanks for posting.

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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 08:44 AM

2. It seems that some of our laws regarding treatment of animals are improving.

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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 10:56 AM

3. Its a start

Now ban Canada's clubbing of baby seals.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 11:01 AM

4. Absolutely. Been a shame for toooooo long.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 11:55 AM

5. Sigh...it's the indigenous people who club the seals...


In this political climate it would be career suicide for anyone to touch this...

Can you imagine the cries of "racism! oMG!! elevnty!!"?

If you cannot see this outcome, then you are not aware of the issue.

Indigenous people are off limits up here. They can do whatever they want, whenever they want. Can hunt and fish ANYWHERE they please.. Sorry, but it's the truth. I live 5 minutes from Six Nations, so don't want to see any replies of "ignorant, racist" etc.







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