Three years after it was introduced a bill to ban the keeping of whales, porpoises and dolphins (cetaceans) in captivity has been passed in the House of Commons.
It does not mean parks such as Marineland at Niagara Falls will have to find sanctuary homes for the cetaceans they already have. Those already in parks will be ‘grandfathered’ in by the bill.
The bill forbids making them perform for entertainment.
Marineland has said the bill jeopardizes seasonal employment for hundreds of local residents. Senator Murray Sinclair argued Marineland has enough beluga whales to likely continue for another 30 years. The park currently has as many as 61 whales and dolphins.
Cetaceans can be kept in captivity if they’re receiving care or rehabilitation after an injury, or for scientific research.