Ottawa passes legislation that bans whale and dolphin captivity in Canada

Ottawa passes legislation that bans whale and dolphin captivity in Canada

Ottawa passes legislation that bans whale and dolphin captivity in Canada

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The 2013 film "Blackfish" exposed the realities for captive whales and dolphins including controversial practices of wild dolphin and whale capture, and separating mothers and babies in captivity.

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 United States dollars. Those who violate the rule could face fines of up to $150,000.

The victory will bring an end to the whale and dolphin captivity at Vancouver's aquarium. "This is news to splash a fin at", Humane Canada wrote.

Canada has banned venues such as aquariums and theme parks from keeping whales, dolphins, and porpoises in captivity for entertainment. It will permit cetaceans already in captivity to be be kept by their keepers. Whales, dolphins and porpoises are now held in captivity at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ont., and the Vancouver Aquarium, and have been essentially grandfathered in under the new legislation.

Beluga whales are remarkably social animals, using a massive range of clicks, whistles and clangs to communicate with their kind.

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The bill is expected to become law.

The law will contain exceptions for marine mammals who require rehabilitation following an injury, or for scientific research.

In addition to the ban on owning whales and dolphins, the ban includes a provision making their import and export illegal.

Conservation groups and NGOs have been pushing for the ban for years, many arguing that cetaceans' high levels of intelligence made prolonged captivity a form of animal cruelty. We understand why because they are obviously not akin to other animals, for instance, livestock.

'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 for World Animal Protection Canada, said in a statement.

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