Stop Keeping Whales and Dolphins in Captivity

Target: George Furey, Speaker of the Senate, Canada

Goal: Support a proposed ban on the breeding and future captivity of whales and dolphins in Canada.

Whales and dolphins have suffered in captivity at Canadian marine parks for too long, say animal rights activists, indigenous groups and scientists who support a proposed law that would end this cruel and inhumane practice. If it is successful, the law would make it illegal to keep or breed these animals except for wildlife rehabilitation purposes or those already living in captivity.

While only two marine parks in Canada currently house whales or dolphins, animal rights groups say that this is far too many, especially considering the sudden deaths of two beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium in recent years. Research has shown that all whales and dolphins in captivity show signs of excessive stress and boredom, including damaged teeth from gnawing on bars and shortened lifespans. We also know that whales and dolphins are incredibly intelligent, and regularly pass self-awareness tests, making it clear to many that keeping them in captivity is unethical.

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing creatures that deserve far better treatment than they have been given. Sign this petition to demand that the Canadian government put an end to their captivity.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Speaker Furey,

I wish to lend my support for a bill that is currently being reviewed by the Senate that would put an end to captivity for whales, dolphins and porpoises in Canada. By making captive breeding illegal, as well as barring any new whales or dolphins from entering captivity, your nation will be making a huge step toward putting an end to what has been a cruel and barbaric practice.

Research shows that whales and dolphins cannot thrive in captivity. They are social and intelligent creatures designed to swim for miles each day, not to spend their lives isolated in tanks and forced to perform tricks for human beings. I urge you to make a compassionate choice and spare future whales and dolphins from a life spent trapped in captivity.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Natalie Lucier

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6 Comments

  1. Eileen Goodman says:

    How could any so called human think this is acceptable.???

  2. Let them free please . could u live in one room forever?

  3. There is completely inaccurate and misleading information in the article above. While I do not agree with whales in captivity, I also do not agree with spreading falsehood in order to garner suppport.

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️?

  5. WHAT ELSE HUMAN CAN DO GOOD TO ANIMALS OTHER THEN KILLING INNOCENT ANIMALS ??? GOD SEES N GOD SURELY WILL DO TO THOSE WHO KILLED LOTS OF INNOCENT LIVES OF ANIMALS!! AN EYE FOR AN EYE!! BAD KARMA YOU PPLS WILL HAVE!!

  6. I have an excellent suggestion for those that don’t understand captivity – solitary confinement for 10 years!
    Perhaps then the stinkers would understand!

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