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Senate considering Bill S-203 that honours the sentience of cetaceans

March 23, 2017

The BC SPCA is pleased to demonstrate full support for a bill currently being discussed by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

Bill S-203, also known as the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, would make it illegal to capture, breed or move cetaceans with the intent of putting them in captivity unless the animals are injured or in distress and need assistance.

With the support of the Committee, the Bill would have one more reading in Senate before it moves on to the House of Commons. While the scientific research supports cetacean sentience and demonstrates their capacity to suffer in captivity, public opinion plays a crucial role in whether this Bill becomes a law.

The timing for the discussion of this Bill could not be better, with the Vancouver Park Board’s recent motion to end the importation and display of cetaceans in the Aquarium housed in Stanley Park.

3 Ways to Help

  1. Email the senate committee.
  2. Tell a friend.
  3. Read the BC SPCA’s position on wild animals in zoos and aquariums.

If you have any difficulty with the above links and still want to take action, send an email to

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