Canada passes 'Free Willy' law banning captivity of whales and dolphins

Captive dolphins are trained to do things that aren’t natural

The bill, which will prohibit keeping whales and dolphins in captivity or for breeding has been praised by a number animal rights groups.

"Nothing fantastic ever happens in a hurry", Humane Canada tweeted after the bill passed Monday. Whales and dolphins that already live in captivity will be "grandfathered" into the bill, according to the CBC, so Canadian theme parks will be allowed to keep the animals they now own.

Gord Johns, the NDP critic for fisheries and oceans said the bill's passage marked "a celebration for cetaeans, for animals rights, the planet and our oceans".

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

Meanwhile, here in Cayman there are still two facilities holding captive dolphins, despite the growing global public opinion turning away from supporting dolphin parks. The bill also changes the Criminal Code, creating new animal cruelty offences related to the captivity of cetaceans. Breeding of whales is also prohibited. "This is news to splash a fin at", Humane Canada wrote.

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The Vancouver Aquarium has just one dolphin left, advocacy groups say, but in January announced it would no longer hold whales and dolphins in captivity. This decision was taken after in 2017, two Beluga (species is included in the "Red book") died at the aquarium.

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.

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

Could possibly backed Invoice S-203, which modified into modified into first launched by now-retired Liberal Sen. The bill cleared the Senate excellent October - the effect it confronted resistance from some Conservative senators - after almost three years of debate and see. She called the bill a "non-partisan" effort. And the animals can be kept during rehabilitation from injury or for the purposes of licensed scientific research.

S-203 also locations restrictions on possessing reproductive provides, at the side of cetacean sperm or an embryo.

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