For immediate release
Major victory for dolphins, whales and porpoises in Canada!
Montreal, June 10, 2019 – The Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada applauds the decision of the House of Commons to accept the passage of Bill S-203 on Monday. This new law prohibits the captivity, reproduction, import and export of cetaceans. However, it includes a permissive clause concerning the rescue and rehabilitation of these animals.
The problem is that cetaceans currently in captivity are excluded from this legislation, which means that the two Canadian marine parks that own cetaceans, the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia and Marineland in Ontario, will be able to keep their animals in captivity until they die. It would be similar to saying that it is now forbidden to imprison people for political reasons, but that current political prisoners must remain in prison. Yet, there are solutions to give freedom to these creatures. “Cetaceans could be moved to sanctuaries to acclimatize to their life of freedom. Several conclusive cases have been identified, including the famous case of Willy, the orca of the movie ‘Free Willy’. For individuals who have difficulty returning to their wild state, it may be possible for them to stay in a sanctuary and continue to receive the care they need. ” explains Dominique Routhier, interim CEO and animal biologist of SPA Canada.
By doing so, Canada could stand out from the rest of the world in terms of animal liberation and become a model for other countries that want to introduce ethical laws for cetaceans.
The Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada is asking people to contact their MPs to request the release of cetaceans currently in captivity in Canada.
Finally, other countries have either completely banned cetacean captivity, or in part such as Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, India, Nicaragua, Slovenia and Switzerland. Others have laws so severe that it is virtually impossible to keep cetaceans in captivity such as Brazil, Luxembourg, Nicaragua, Norway and the United Kingdom.
About SPA Canada:
SPA Canada is a national nonprofit animal rights organization dedicated to creating awareness and educating people on respecting all animal species.
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