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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 exposes 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 details Marineland's care of whales that falls below prescribed standards in medical treatment, food, protection from elements, water quality and psychological well being. However, the OSPCA failed to take action.

Canadian Senator Wilfred Moore's bill S-203, re-introduced in December 2015, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, would prevent this tragedy from being inflicted upon future whales by banning their capture, confinement, breeding and sale.

Speak up for the animals. Sign now to show Senator Moore your support for S-203!

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  • Canada's Honourable Senator Wilfred Moore


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