No Dolphin Left Behind–Ontario’s Bill 80 Needs to Include All Dolphins and Whales

Update May 28/15 – Breaking News: Bill 80 has been passed, prohibiting the acquisition and breeding of orcas in Ontario, effective immediately. There is no word yet as to how this decision will affect Kiska, Canada’s only captive killer whale.

WHO: The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario & The Honorable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

WHAT:  Ric O’Barry, former Flipper trainer, global dolphin advocate and star of the Academy Award Winning documentary film The Cove is urging Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Yasir Naqvi to amend the government’s Bill 80 by expanding the scope of the Bill’s killer whale prohibition to include lone Marineland orca Kiska and other whales and dolphins.

WHEN:  Bill 80 will be discussed again at 2:00 p.m. EST on Monday, May 25, 2015 and can be watched here.

WHERE: Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

WHY:  On January 27, 2015, The Honorable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services announced that the province of Ontario, Canada is moving ahead with enhanced standards of care for marine mammals, including dolphins, whales, walruses, sea lions and seals, to ensure both greater protection and improved treatment.

In addition, the government will be moving forward with legislation to prohibit the future breeding and acquisition of killer whales. Bill 80, an Act to amend the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Animals for Research Act with respect to the possession and breeding of orcas and administrative requirements for animal care was introduced.

Says O’Barry:

It’s great this issue is being discussed in Ontario, but I don’t see why Kiska, the last orca in Canada, is being left at Marineland, and I don’t see why Ontario doesn’t just put an end to whale and dolphin keeping once and for all. After all, Marineland in Niagara Falls is the only facility in Ontario housing whales or dolphins. There is no marine mammal industry in the province, so why create a complicated law or set of regulations for one business, operated by one person.”

He continues:

People all over the world are concerned about these animals and many jurisdictions have already banned them. Ontario should be going a bit further than they are. People in Ontario and elsewhere expect action and real results.”

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.

Click on titles to read (documents will open up in PDF format):

Ric O’Barry’s letter to the Honorable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

Zoocheck Press Release: Star of Academy award-winning documentary The Cove urges Premier to include Kiska and other whales in Ontario’s ban

Photo credit: Kiska, Marineland, Niagara Falls – Cara Sands

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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

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