Published on : Monday, May 22, 2017
Vancouver Park Board is passing a new rule of banning the city’s aquarium from bringing in new whales, dolphins and narwhals. It is applicable even for the injured or rescued creatures. The animal rights groups, arguing that keeping cetaceans in captivity is cruel, have supported this move.
CEO John Nightingale said that it turns its back on some of the marine animals when they are in need. According to him, the aquarium is the only one in Canada to offer a programme that provides long-term care for rescued cetaceans that can’t be released back into the wild.
Michael Wiebe, the chair of the Vancouver Park Board said the tide has turned when it comes to seeing whales and dolphins in aquariums.
The death of two beluga whales last year in the same week at the aquarium prompted the decision. The investigation revealed that they died from an unknown toxin, which could have been in their food. Vancouver Park Board isn’t the first organisation to take a stand about dolphins and whales being used for entertainment purposes. Virgin Holidays announced it would no longer sell or promote new attractions or hotels featuring captive whales or dolphins for entertainment. David Geer, MD of Virgin Holidays, said in his statement the way tourists interact with captive whales and dolphins needs to change and they want to play an active role in supporting this transition.