It is a great success for marine mammals suffering from marine zoos: Canada has banned the confinement and breeding of orcas, whales and dolphins in captivity.
For the first time in history, the Canadian parliament voted in favor of an animal welfare law.
The decision will put an end once and for all to the cruel practices of the marine zoos that we have been protesting for decades by PETA.
Zoos and aquariums that violate the ban must expect a fine of up to $ 200,000.
Decision for the animals after years of procedure
For almost four years, the ban went through legislative procedures in Canada.
Meanwhile, many animal exploiters like the Marineland or the Vancouver Aquarium tried to stop the ban.
Fortunately, these efforts were unsuccessful and the law was passed. Throughout the process, lawmakers received tens of thousands of e-mails and phone calls from animal rights activists who supported the ban.
PETA USA also held numerous protests and convinced ocean zoo sponsors to stop supporting them.
Independent Senator and former Judge Murray Sinclair, who led the bill through Parliament, comments on the ban as follows:
“This bill is simple and clear. It is based on the assumption that it is very cruel animal cruelty to keep these beautiful animals in just those enclosures in which they were previously held”.
Existing animals will continue to be detained
The Marineland and the Vancouver Aquarium are the only two ocean zoos in Canada still holding whales and orcas.
The facilities may keep their present animals in captivity and use them for profit purposes. However, they are prohibited under the new law to breed or capture new whales.
Canada as a model for other countries
With the ban, Canada shows how the public’s opinion on ocean zoos has turned.
More and more people are fighting animal cruelty and fighting for the freedom of fascinating whales and orcas. Unfortunately, there are still facilities like Seaworld or the Loro Parque, which lock the marine mammals in tiny pools and let them demonstrate tricks to the amusement of the public.
We very much hope that other countries follow the example of Canada and also ban the breeding and confinement of marine mammals.
My comment: It is important to pass on such information. Many people still ignore the conditions in which animals live in water parks.
They think that dolphins and whales naturally cooperate with the stupid acrobatic number and that they do it because they just are more intelligent than other mammals!!
They are forced to perform meaningless tricks and have to play the ever-smiling clowns for stupid visitors. They are often separated from family members because they are traded between zoos and carried around.
Today we know that …
Orcas and dolphins live in large, complex, social groups and they can swim in freedom up to 100 km and dive several hundred meters in the open ocean every day. In captivity, these animals can only swim in endless circles in bare, narrow concrete basins and are denied the opportunity to live almost any natural behavior.
They are held in narrow, flat and monotonous pools where they can only stereotypically make their rounds . In addition, the artificially treated water leads to skin rashes and eye inflammation.
A single dolphin can bring up to one million dollars a year to its owner – which is quite realistic, if hundreds of brainless visitors are routed through the swimming programs every day and paid between 100 and 200 dollars per capita.
The marketing of dolphins as clowns, petting animals and acrobats generates billions in sales worldwide each year.
My best regards, Venus