Big Step Closer To Cetacean Ban!|
posted on January 24, 2017
News: Big Step Closer to Cetacean Ban
Lifeforce Founder, Peter Hamilton, states, “True Whale Protection Wisdom Wins! The Vancouver Board will seek a Staff Report that would look at the most effective ways to phase out cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. This will include improving the 1996 Cetacean Bylaw to definitely phase out captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium!
Previously to the meeting the Parks Board Chair stated: “... the board got a legal opinion to the effect that the board couldn’t dictate the handling of whales through its lease with the aquarium, but the board could change its own bylaws to ban whales from its parks.”
Lifeforce urged the Vancouver Park Board to implement plans that will definitely lead to the end of cetacean captivity. A plebiscite in 2018 is not good news! The Aquarium plans to build more pools in 2017. Aquariums expansions and other operations are fund by governments. That’s our tax monies! And More Pools Means More Whales!
Any delay tactic would be the 2018 referendum proposed by Kirby-Young who was formerly a Vancouver Aquarium employee. That 2-year delay would jeopardize the phase out of cetaceans.
It is time that the Board uses their Vancouver Charter jurisdiction to restrict animals in any city park by strengthening the Cetacean Bylaw. In 1996 all parties did agree on the phase out goal but the Vancouver Aquarium got it watered it down over the years.
Needless to say that after 52 years later with at least 52 deaths it is time to stop cetacean captivity. We saw the public disapproval of a new zoo expansion after seeing the neurotic, stereotypical behaviours of animals. They saw the polar bears pacing back and forth and back and forth with bleeding paws and now they are learning about the dolphins swimming around and around and around in the tiny, barren tanks.
Let’s help whales and dolphins by phasing out captivity with a stronger Cetacean Bylaw!
Thanks to all who sent emails to the Vancouver Parks Board Commissioners.
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