Canada Passes a Bill That Bans the Captivity of Dolphins and Whales

The marine life is really precious and unique and we as humans need to protect it, especially governments of the countries where cetaceans live. The Canadian government has made the first step and passed a bill which bans the captivity of cetaceans like dolphins and whales.

It needed three years for this bill to be passed by the government since its first proposal in 2015, and after intense battles the bill, S-203, was finally accepted. This is a great step forward in protecting the environment.

It is really an important bill as it was brought unanimously by all political parties which made politicians determined to take care of the environment despite the politics of their parties.

The passed bill prohibits the breeding of dolphins and whales in captivity and considers this activity as crime.

Naturally, the animals that are currently in the Canadian marine parks will still live there and the parks will take care of them, but there will be no new generation of breed cetaceans or captured from the wild.

The government was very concise about this bill banning the import of cetacean sperm, tissues, or embryos thus preventing keeping whales and dolphins in captivity.

The environment activists are making real efforts to transfer the rest 55 cetaceans in Marine land to an open-water sanctuary.

The documentary “Black Fish” helped a lot in raising the awareness in people of the negative effects of these practices on the environment.

Truth Theory states the following:

Whales, after humans, are the only animals who can actively alter the environment of the Earth. These bulky animals dive and come back up, bringing with them nutrients from the depths which makes plant plankton thrive on the ocean surface, making the air chock-full of oxygen.

They also weed out excess shrimp numbers, making the ocean better for algae and plankton. And it doesn’t end there; whale skeletons are full of carbon locked down in the form of calcium carbonate-like compounds. And when they die, they take such huge quantities of carbon down with them to the bottom of the sea floor.

And they are just majestic animals; intelligent, empathetic, and social. Not to mention, dolphins are almost human-like in intelligence.”

This ban is an incredible step in protecting the environment and the most positive thing is that all Canadian parties agreed on its enacting legislation forgetting all their existing disagreements. In addition to this, the Canadian government has passed Bill S-238 that prohibits the import of sharks’ fins.

Let us hope that all these efforts will be worthwhile, and that the cetaceans will thrive again in freedom contributing to our planet.

Sources:

lonelyplanet.com

edition.cnn.com

scienceinsanity.com