Animal Justice Reiterates Call for Investigation After Yet Another Marineland Beluga Dies in United States

Connecticut-based Mystic Aquarium has confirmed that another beluga whale transferred to the facility from Ontario-based Marineland has died. Another beluga is gravely ill, though Mystic has not confirmed whether that animal is also one of the five who were recently transferred from Marineland. Unfortunately, this tragic news does not come as a surprise. When a... Read more » Animal Justice
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The Federal Government Wants to Ban Capturing Wild Whales & Dolphins

The federal government presented a new bill that updates the Fisheries Act this week, including restrictions on capturing wild whales and dolphins for the purpose of keeping them in captivity.

The amendments would still allow exceptions to rescue cetaceans who are injured, sick or requiring care, and are part of a larger set of changes which include the restoration and protection of fishes and their habitats. The government also wants to give itself the power to restrict the import of whales and dolphins into the country.

At a Vancouver press conference, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc explained, “The public acceptance of keeping these majestic creatures in captivity has changed and we think the law should reflect that.”

We couldn’t agree more. Tens of thousands of Canadians have been demanding a ban on whale captivity, and the minister’s comments show that we’ve got the government’s attention.

But the new legislation do…

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