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No Holiday For Captives!
posted on April 6, 2023

No Holiday For Captives!

The Vancouver Aquarium Shameful History: Vancouver Aquarium – At least 54 deaths in 53 years!

Public opinion is against captivity, but the Vancouver Aquarium (VA) insisted on perpetuating the international marine mammal slave trade. Wildlife suffers physically and psychologically because their social and behaviour needs cannot be provided for in captivity. They develop painful ulcers from the stress and die prematurely. They are subjected to experiments for lucrative grants. Many have been sold or traded to zoos and aquariums worldwide. VA had many failed breeding programs. Three orca babies, ten beluga babies and two Pacific white-sided dolphin babies died. From 1964 to 2017 at least 9 orcas, 7 narwhals, 1 False killer whale, 21 belugas, 2 Harbour porpoise, and 14 Pacific white-sided dolphins have died as a result of their pro captivity businesses!

In May 2017 the Vancouver Parks passed an updated Bylaw based on the successful Cetacean Ban lobbied for by Lifeforce in 1996. It banned all further captivity of cetaceans. In 2019, Canada banned cetacean captivity BUT still allows it for “scientific research”!

At that time the VA had several belugas in US aquariums, and others in a Spanish aquarium that they managed. In 2021, they sold to the US Herschend Family Entertainment that operates numerous amusement parks. It has been criticized for managing Stone Mountain Park in Georgia, which has been a gathering spot for white supremacists for decades. The park has the largest Confederate monument ever built, with sculptures of confederate leaders carved into the granite mountain.

So now racism is added to the speciesist Vancouver Aquarium businesses?

End Wildlife Captivity!

Humans must end their centuries of exploiting fellow creatures with who we share this planet. Many of the abuses, threats and killings that Lifeforce and others campaigned against over the decades still continue. Humans continue the endless wars, racism, sexism, and speciesism.

Will the cruelties ever end? Will we end Aquarium Prisons?

We must learn from the past and stop speciesism in order to finally bring Peace for All Life!