Calling all Canadians: Help End Dolphin Captivity!
I’ve long been of the opinion that these incredible creatures belong in the wild” ~ Senator Wilfred Moore, Liberal Party of Canada
It was almost a year ago, on June 11, 2015, that Bill S-203, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts (ending the captivity of whales and dolphins) was first announced. The bill was supported by Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada, as well as other conservationists and organizations including Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the director of Blackfish, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, the Jane Goodall Institute, and Zoocheck Canada.
Now, we are calling on all Canadians to help pass Bill S-203 and put an end to dolphin and whale captivity in Canada, once and for all.
The bill would prohibit breeding, imports, exports and live captures of whales, dolphins and porpoises across Canada, building on Ontario’s Bill 80, which was passed on May 28, 2015.
Two aquariums in Canada currently house captive cetaceans, including the Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland, in Niagara Falls.
For well over two decades, Ric O’Barry has vigorously supported local efforts in Ontario to bring awareness to the plight of captive marine mammals. Dolphin Project has thrown its support behind Senator Moore’s efforts and hopes to see the country ban dolphin and whale captivity.
Update: Senator Moore hopes to have the Bill referred to the Senate’s Fisheries & Oceans Committee by the end of May.
Read the full text of Bill S-203, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts (ending the captivity of whales and dolphins)
Sign the petition to expeditiously pass Bill S-203*
* Petition closes on June 18, 2016
Featured image: abdallahh, Wikimedia Commons
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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.
A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.
It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.
Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!
"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands