After nearly three years of delay and obstruction, a bill to ban keeping whales and dolphins in captivity has finally passed through the Canadian Senate. Senators voted to pass Bill S-203 late on Tuesday, and the legislation will now make its way to the House of Commons for further debate and voting. This groundbreaking legislation is now half-way to becoming law!
The legislation bans keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, breeding them, as well as import and export. There are exceptions for legitimate rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Only two aquariums still imprison whales and dolphins in Canada—Marineland and the Vancouver Aquarium. The two aquariums fought the legislation at every stage, and pro-aquarium senators repeatedly attempted to kill, block, and delay Bill S-203. Most recently, Conservative Senate Whip Don Plett tried to amend the bill to exempt Marineland and the Vancouver Aquarium, which would have made the legislation meaningless. Senator Do…
OTTAWA—MPs from across federal parties will hold a press conference to address the Senate deadlock on three animal protection bills—all of which are being blocked from reaching third reading before the Senate rises for the summer.
The parliamentarians will be joined by non-profit organizations advocating for animal protection.
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time: 10:45 am
Where: Charles Lynch Press Theatre, Room 130-S, Centre Block
Elizabeth May, MP, Saanich Gulf Islands and leader of the Green Party
Michelle Rempel, Conservative MP, Calgary Nose Hill
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Liberal MP, Beaches—East York
Fin Donnelly, NDP MP and Fisheries Critic, Port Moody—Coquitlam
Camille Labchuk, lawyer and executive director, Animal Justice
Julie MacInnes, campaign manager, Hum…