THANK YOU for Banning Whale & Dolphin Captivity in Vancouver
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On March 9, 2017, after decades of debate and over 40 whale and dolphin deaths at Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Park Board commissioners took the bold step of authorizing a new bylaw that would ban the import and display of whales and dolphins in Vancouver Parks.
This was no easy decision for the Commissioners, personally or politically, and they deserve our most sincere thanks.
Two days of public testimony from opponents of captivity and employees and volunteers from Vancouver Aquarium highlighted just how emotional this issue has been in Vancouver. They listened, not only to those testifying before them, but to the changing mood of society on the morality of keeping large, free-ranging, sentient creatures in captivity.
Unanimously, they took the important step to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Vancouver Parks. They were clear that this was not a penalty or criticism of Vancouver Aquarium, but a challenge to them. In the words of Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon:
"The speaker who inspired me the most was the one who asked what greater accomplishments could the aquarium attain if they did not have cetaceans in captivity. What new and innovative ways of doing science would be stimulated if they had to rethink what they do and how they do it."
(full text here: http://www.vancourier.com/news/mackinnon-s-definitive-decision-on-cetaceans-in-vancouver-parks-1.11427948
We, the undersigned agree. We look forward to a new era of conservation and research without captive whales and dolphins at Vancouver Aquarium and we hope they will accept this challenge. We look forward to having an aquarium in Stanley Park that makes ALL Vancouverites proud.
So, to Commissioners Mackinnon, Kirby-Yung, Wiebe, Evans, Coupar, Shum and Crawford, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this courageous and historic decision.
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