Canada has now made it illegal to take whales, dolphins or porpoised for private use. Canadian Parliament has banned the practice of breeding whales, dolphins or porpoises for private use.
Those who break this law will be fined up to $150,000. Animals already in captivity will not be freed. This new law also does not impose fines upon people who are helping animals, whales, dolphins, or porpoises that are injured.
“These intelligent, social mammals will now get to live where they belong — in the ocean,” the Green Party of Canada posted on Twitter on June 20.
Animal Rights Group Humane Canada said, “Nothing fantastic ever happens in a hurry. But today we celebrate that we have ended the captivity and breeding of whales and dolphins. This is news to splash a fin at.”
The measure passed in the Canada Senate in 2018. It then received a passing vote in the House of Commons on June 17th. If there is a blessing of a royal assent, it will become law. Sen. Wilfred Moore of Nova Scotia said that the passing of this law was a “moral obligation.”
Marineland Will Need To Change How They Operate
The CBC reports that using standings from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, this new law will change the way that Marineland, in Niagara Falls, Ontario runs its business. This particular Marineland is home to 55 beluga whales, 5 bottlenose dolphins, and an orca. These marine mammals live in observation tanks.
It seems as if Canada is pushing for the freedom of marine mammals after SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in the United States declared that they would no longer breed orcas. Consequently, they will instead concentrate on rescue and rehabilitation.
Approximately 60 orcas live in captivity in the whole world. Approximately 20 of those are living in the United States. National Geographic has stated that “All but one of those live at SeaWorld’s three parks in Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio.”
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