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Alarm: Whales and dolphins are facing the risk of being unable to reproduce

Articles Jun 11, 2019 23:00

Whales and dolphins are animals that need protection and care. However, the fact that they now become people's pleasures has inhibited inherent fertility, has caused extremely serious consequences.

These beautiful giants deserve to have vast oceans to swim in, where they can live out long, healthy lives on their own terms.

Cramped tanks and pools where they are expected to perform for cheering crowds are no place for these intelligent mammals, who need space, companionship, and stimulus.

Alarm: Whales and dolphins are facing the risk of being unable to reproduce
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There are sadly many such creatures whose lives are made short and miserable by being spent in captivity. However, some progress has been made, with Canada having just passed an applause-worthy new bill.

Canada’s House of Commons has just passed a bill that will make it illegal to hold a whale, dolphin or porpoise in captivity. This new offense carries a fine of up to $200,000 for parks and aquariums which hold cetaceans.

Dubbed the ‘Free Willy’ bill – after the heartwarming 1993 family movie – it is hoped this bill will usher in a new era of animal rights legislation, with Canada at the forefront.

According to The Globe and Mail, this bill also bans the import and export of marine mammals in Canada, except for circumstances involving scientific research or when it is in the ‘best interest’ of the mammal.

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Alarm: Whales and dolphins are facing the risk of being unable to reproduce

This ocean-friendly legislation was first introduced nearly four years ago, having first been sponsored in 2015 by the since retired Liberal senator Wilfred Moore.

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According to CBS News, Independent Sen. Murray Sinclair made the following statement before the Commons fisheries committee:

The bill is a simple and straightforward one. It works from the presumption that placing these beautiful creatures into the kinds of pens that they have been kept in is inherently cruel.

Alarm: Whales and dolphins are facing the risk of being unable to reproduce

Animal rights activists have been delighted by this news, viewing it as a huge step forward and a significant victory.

Green Party Canada tweeted:

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.

Animal rights organization Humane Canada tweeted:

When we work together, good things happen.

This is a combined effort from @ElizabethMay, Senators Moore and Sinclaire, key Liberal and NDP MPs, NGOs, marine scientists and everyday people across Canada.

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As reported by PETA, just two Canadian facilities – the Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland— still hold bottlenose dolphins, beluga whales, and orcas.

These facilities will be permitted to keep their current cetaceans, however, they will be banned from either breeding the animals or confining new ones.

Well done to Canada for doing the right thing and recognizing how the happiness of these magnificent mammals far outweigh any entertainment value. Hopefully, other countries will soon follow suit.

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