Support Bill S-203 to Ban the Captivity of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in Canada!
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Captive marine animals in Canada need your help. An investigation by Last Chance for Animals exposed disturbingly inadequate treatment, housing and care of marine mammals at Marineland, Canada, the world's largest confiner of beluga whales. Last summer, Gia, one of the whales LCA documented, died after being undernourished, emaciated and isolated. No animal should be forced to live or die this way. With your help, we can ensure no other captive marine animals suffer the same fate.
Bill S-203, also known as the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, is on the table in Canada’s Parliament but continues to be delayed by conservative senators who are more concerned with protecting corporate profits than the health and well-being of captive marine animals. Sign this petition today to show your support for bringing the critically important S-203 bill to a vote.
WHAT IS BILL S-203?
The Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act aims to criminalize the ownership and breeding of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) in captivity. The bill would prohibit marine parks, aquariums and others from using captive cetaceans for the purpose of performance, entertainment and profit. S-203 also amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the taking of a cetacean into captivity and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act to prohibit the import of a cetacean into Canada and the export of a cetacean from Canada. Punishments for the violation of this bill would include imprisonment and/or fines. The bill was first introduced in December 2015 by Senator Wilfred Moore, who was inspired after seeing the documentary "Blackfish." Manitoba Senator Murray Sinclair took over sponsorship of the bill in January 2017, when Moore retired. Green Party leader Elizabeth May will sponsor S-203 in the House of Commons. On May 29th, 2018, the third-reading of the bill began in the Senate. The full text of Bill S-203, and updates on its progress are available here.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
Click here for more information about LCA’s Marineland Investigation and Bill S-203.
HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?
After you’ve signed this petition, please consider taking the following actions:
- Share this petition with friends and family on social media and encourage them to sign it.
- Don’t visit marine parks or aquariums that profit from keeping wild animals captive.
- Write to your local marine park or aquarium and ask them to stop capturing wild animals.
- Educate others about the cruelty of marine parks.
- Visit www.lcanimal.org for more tips and resources
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