Success: Aquarium Agrees to Stop Keeping Sea Mammals Captive

Target: John Nightingale, President of the Vancouver Aquarium

Goal: Praise Vancouver Aquarium for no longer keeping whales and dolphins captive.

The Vancouver aquarium has finally given in to the demands of animal rights groups, and will no longer be keeping dolphins and whales in captivity. For years, the aquarium has argued that keeping these animals captive is ‘central to their mission,’ even after municipal authorities banned them from bringing in new sea mammals following the deaths of five whales within a fifteen-month period.

Even under the best of care and circumstances, whales and dolphins suffer horribly in aquariums and sea parks; living in such confined spaces and being gawked at by onlookers can cause all manner of distress, and many whales and dolphins have fallen victim to toxins or disease as well. Petitions such as this one on ForceChange have been instrumental in fighting for the cessation of this practice.

Captivity of whales and dolphins is no longer socially acceptable in Canada, and the Vancouver Aquarium has finally fallen in step. It is hoped that with a major aquarium ceasing captivity of sea mammals, others will follow suit in other countries. Sign this petition to thank the Vancouver Aquarium for listening to public opinion and letting sea mammals live freely.


Dear Mr. Nightingale,

Thank you for finally listening to the demands of the public and ceasing your captivity of whales and dolphins. The practice has led to the deaths of many sea mammals within the past decade; even under the best of care and circumstances, these animals do not thrive in such confined spaces. Being put on display causes all manner of distress, and even death via crippled emotional and mental states.

Reports state that you intend to free the dolphins and whales you have kept over the past years. Once free, these animals will hopefully live long, happy, and healthy lives within their natural habitat, where they are meant to be. You have taken a great step forward in regards to the well-being of these creatures. It is hoped that more aquariums in other countries will follow your example.


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  1. Carol Brandt says:


  2. Good decision Vancouver Aquarium.

    Thank You!

  3. Gen Agustsson says:

    get marine animals out of the aquairums now!

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