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15:55  11 june  2019
15:55  11 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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cetaceans like whales and dolphins in captivity has cleared the Senate — all but ensuring the end of a once-popular theme park attraction in Canada . Conservative MP Michelle Rempel supports Bill S-203, which would ban keeping or breeding cetaceans in captivity . (Sean Kilpatrick/ Canadian Press).

+ The federal government has passed legislation that bans whale and dolphin captivity in Canada . The bill will phase out the practice of keeping captive whales , dolphins and porpoises, but grandfathers in those that are already being held at two facilities in the country. Story continues below.

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Canadian lawmakers passed legislation on Monday banning whale and dolphin captivity in the country.

The federal bill - which was approved in the House of Commons on Monday after first being introduced in the Senate in 2015 - now requires only royal assent to become law.

Under the new law, the practice of holding whales, dolphins and porpoises will be phased out, though animals currently in captivity will remain. It also bans the capture of wild dolphins and whales, or cetaceans, as well as the practice of captive breeding and the import and export of such animals.

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With the bill, Canada has taken another step toward becoming more environmentally responsible. The most uplifting thing about the bill is that there was support across the Bill S-203 bans the breeding of dolphins and whales in captivity , and it amends the current criminal code to include this as a crime.

Canada has banned venues such as aquariums and theme parks from keeping whales , dolphins , and porpoises in captivity for entertainment. “ Canadians have been clear, they want the cruel practice of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity to end. With the passage of Bill S-203, we have ensured

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There are currently only two facilities that keep captive cetaceans: Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and the Vancouver Aquarium.

"Canadians have been clear, they want the cruel practice of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity to end. With the passage of Bill S-203, we have ensured that this will happen," said Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who sponsored the bill.

"The science increasingly tells us that it constitutes cruelty to animals to take these cetaceans and keep them in confined spaces," she added.

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Canada bans whale, dolphin captivity

Under the new law, parks and aquariums that violate the provisions could face fines of up to $200,000. It does make exceptions for the cultural traditions of indigenous peoples in the nation, however.

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Canadian lawmakers passed legislation on Monday banning whale and dolphin captivity in the country. The federal bill — which was approved in the Under the new law, the practice of holding whales , dolphins and porpoises will be phased out, though animals currently in captivity will remain.

Keeping whales and dolphins in captivity will no longer be allowed across Canada under legislation that passed Monday, drawing celebrations from activists and politicians who called it a It bans the capture of wild cetaceans, but does allow for the rehabilitation and rescue of the aquatic mammals.

The new law in Canada comes after multiple documentaries in recent years have focused on animal living conditions within theme parks. One such film, CNN's "Blackfish," raised questions about whether animals can thrive in confinement and criticized SeaWorld's treatment of killer whales.

Animal rights groups including PETA and the Humane Society International/Canada have hailed the decision as a positive step toward addressing animal cruelty.

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"The passage of Bill S-203 is a watershed moment in the protection of marine animals and a victory for all Canadians," Humane Society International/Canada Executive Director Rebecca Aldworth said in a statement.

Canada Passes Legislation To Ban Whales And Dolphins From Being Kept In Captivity

Canada Passes Legislation To Ban Whales And Dolphins From Being Kept In Captivity A federal bill banning the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity jumped its last parliamentary hoop, and will become Canadian law by the end of June. Bill S-203, the so-called “Free Willy” bill, was passed by the House of Commons at third reading Monday. “Today is a really good day for animals in Canada,” Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said. The bill, which originated in the Senate, amends the Criminal Code to make it illegal to keep a..

A bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada passed the Commons fisheries committee Tuesday and is set for a final debate and vote. Sea World Entertainment, Inc. has faced intense criticism over its treatment of its captive killer whales . (John Raoux/Associated Press).

Keeping whales and dolphins in captivity will no longer be allowed across Canada under legislation that passed Monday, drawing celebrations from activists and politicians who called it a significant development for animal rights.

"Whales and dolphins don't belong in tanks, and the inherent suffering these highly social and intelligent animals endure in intensive confinement can no longer be tolerated. We congratulate the sponsors of this bill and the Canadian government for showing strong leadership in responding to public will and sound science on this critical issue," she added.

The Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums, however, said in a statement to The Hill that the move "will needlessly tie the hands" of marine mammal advocates.

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Canada bans whale, dolphin captivity

"Just as new science has shown that dolphins in zoos and aquariums live as long as or longer than their counterparts in the wild, the Canadian government has chosen to ignore those findings and pass a drastic and misguided measure that will deny Canadians the opportunity to see and experience these amazing animals up close and in person and will over time deteriorate its experts' marine mammal expertise that has contributed so much to the well-being of marine mammals in human care and in the wild," the group said.

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