Last week the Vancouver Parks Board voted to ban the display of dolphins and whales at the Vancouver Aquarium. Amazingly, the vote passed with 100% support from the committee of 7. While this is a great step for Vancouver, we’re still allowing this cruel practice to continue throughout Canada, so our marine life still need our help!
Bill S-203 has been working it’s way through the senate since November 2016 in an effort to amend the criminal code and end the captivity of whales and dolphins. As stated on openparliament.ca:
“This enactment amends the Criminal Code to create offences respecting cetaceans in captivity. It also amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the taking of a cetacean into captivity and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act to prohibit the import of a cetacean into Canada and the export of a cetacean from Canada.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states that male orcas in the wild live on average for 30 years, but can live as long as 50 to 60 years, while females live 50 years but can live as long as 100 years. In captivity, this number drops significantly as shown in a study by Marine Mammal Science which found globally the overall median survival estimate for captive orcas is 6.1 years – meaning that 50 percent of orcas died at that age. And while SeaWorld continues to claim that their whales have above average life expediencies when compared to their wild counterparts, the average age of death for orcas at SeaWorld is actually only 13 years.
Clearly, captivity will be the demise of our beautiful whales and dolphins if we allow this practice to continue.
So what can you do? Bill-S-203 is currently undergoing Senate hearings so now is the time to reach out to your MP by visiting this link and filling out the form provided:
Help Enact Bill S-203