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Canada's stunning new whale ban

An orca in captivity An orca in captivity
Elijah Vega | 14 June, 2019, 15:30

After the bill was passed by the Senate late a year ago, the Canadian government officially passed Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act on Monday, June 10.

This ban comes into effect following the federal government passing legislation in Ottawa earlier today.

Marineland in Niagara Falls and the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia are the only two facilities in Canada that now keep captive cetaceans.

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

It places restrictions on importing and exporting cetaceans, and bans making them perform for entertainment, with fines of up to $200,000 (£118,160) for breaches. There are some limited exceptions.

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

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".

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Invoice S-203, is known as the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, handed a third discovering out within the Dwelling of Commons Monday, more than three years after it modified into launched in December 2015.

Canada's lawmakers have voted to ban the captivity of whales and dolphins, though with a few caveats.

The bill exempts the whales now at Marineland and it "acknowledges the educational role of Marineland by prohibiting entertainment only exhibits while continuing to enable Marineland's Academic Displays", the park talked about. "This is news to splash a fin at", animal rights group Humane Canada said in a tweet. The bill also changes the Criminal Code, creating new animal cruelty offences related to the captivity of cetaceans.

The Vancouver Aquarium has good one dolphin left, advocacy teams order, nevertheless in January launched it would no longer retain whales and dolphins in captivity.

It recently received approval to export two belugas, both owned by the Vancouver Aquarium, to a park in Spain.

Marineland, meanwhile, has told the government it has more than 50 belugas at its facility.

Demers said he voiced his concerns with how the cetaceans were being housed at Marineland years ago and when his complaints were ignored, he quit.

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