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.
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