Support a Ban on Whale Captivity in Canada!!
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Last Chance for Animals (LCA) conducted a five-month undercover investigation in the summer and fall of 2015 that exposed disturbingly inadequate treatment, housing and care of marine mammals at Marineland, Canada, the world's largest confiner of beluga whales.
LCA’s undercover footage reveals:
- A juvenile beluga named Gia, who was accidentally separated from her mother then left in a shallow isolation pool for three months where she became emaciated
- Belugas, including newborn calves, covered in “rake marks,” visible scarring from being attacked and bitten by dominant whales while in a confined pool
- Belugas exhibiting signs of eye abnormalities, such as redness, irritation, and cataracts, and in some cases, young belugas appearing to develop cataracts prematurely
- Belugas suffering for months from an undiagnosed condition reported by employees to park management as “genital rubbing” which caused the whales to rub themselves constantly against the concrete pool floor until blood was visible in the water
- Routine deprivation of food for training purposes
- More than 100 barrels of industrial strength bleach kept on site, and employees repeatedly complaining of burning eyes and a strong chlorine smell on certain days when next to the pools
- Kiska, Marineland’s lone orca, constantly swimming in circles in the smaller of her two pools
After completing the investigation, LCA submitted a complaint to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals alleging violations of the OSPCA Act. The complaint detailed Marineland's care of whales that falls below prescribed standards in medical treatment, food, protection from elements, water quality and psychological well-being.
In August 2017, a beluga whale named Gia suddenly died. Gia was one of five captive cetaceans in Canada who have died in the last year. It is crucial that we take action by urging the Canadian government to protect these sensitive creatures from further harm.
Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, was introduced by Senator Wilfred Moore in 2015 and adopted by Green Party leader Elizabeth May in 2016. This bill would prevent this tragedy from being inflicted upon future whales by banning the capture, confinement, breeding and sale of cetaceans.
Please voice your support for S-203 so that theme parks like Marineland will no longer be allowed to exploit these animals for entertainment and profit.
Speak up for the animals. Sign now to show Elizabeth May your support for S-203!
- Canada's Green Party Leader Elizabeth May
I strongly support the proposed legislation S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, which would ban the capture, confinement, breeding and sale of cetaceans in Canada.
Whales and dolphins are socially and ecologically complex species that need more space and social interaction than what they receive in captivity. Confining these animals for entertainment causes them suffering and distress. Cetaceans do not belong in captivity.
I applaud you for sponsoring S-203, and urge you to continue pushing to pass this important legislation.
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