Victory! Cetacean Captivity Ends at Vancouver Aquarium


Victory! Finally, after 36 years of Lifeforce fighting against Aquarium expansion and cetacean captivity, the Vancouver Aquarium’s abusive cetacean business has been defeated. A new Cetacean Bylaw will be implemented to end all captivity of dolphins, whales, and porpoises!

The Cetacean Bylaw is the only way to end the suffering of cetaceans from captivity and experiments. Funded by government dollars, captive and “rescued” cetaceans are treated as “untapped resources” and mere “tools for conservation and science,” not with respect or love.

If people are against capturing and imprisoning wild cetaceans, then they should also be against breeding them, or keeping frightened, sick, and injured “rescued” cetaceans for research and life sentences in pool prisons. For decades the aquarium and zoo industry has abused them to supply the worldwide animal trade.

While Canada looks at a nationwide cetacean ban, the Vancouver Parks Board decision marks a historic breakthrough for cetacean freedom. In the past, Vancouver also stopped wild animal acts in circuses and closed the Stanley Park Zoo. We are the leaders of a nationwide movement!

Cetaceans must not wait for a referendum, must not wait for a Canada wide ban, and must not suffer from more Aquarium broken promises.

Aquariums and zoos don’t stop animal extinction, because they are part of the problem and not the solution. You don’t get the truth from businesses with vested interests.

This poster cannot show the full history of all cetacean suffering, but it shows the callous harpooning of an endangered orca that started the orca slave trade, the beluga cut by capture ropes in 1990 and dumped, the first belugas inhumanely kept in a tiny shark tank, the orca Skana who crashed head first into a broken viewing window requiring 100 stitches, and the forced circus tricks.

(Featured image credit: grantbwilson, CC BY-NC 2.0)

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Lifeforce is a non-profit Vancouver based ecology organization that was formed in 1981 to raise public awareness of the interrelationship between people, animals, and the environment. We promote animal rights and ecological responsibility. In order to develop a non-violent society we must extend our circle of compassion to include all sentient creatures with whom we share this planet. Click to see author's profile.

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