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Cetaceans in captivity

BC SPCA Beluga Cetaceans in captivity Bill S-203

Final reading alert: Ask MPs to support Bill S-203 to protect cetaceans!

Bill S-203 will ensure the only cetaceans in captivity are those that are being rehabilitated or are currently unable to be released. The bill maintains pre-existing Indigenous rights and is supported by the Coastal First Nations. It prevents captive breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises and ensures no whales are brought into captivity in Canada from international waters.

On May 10, the House of Commons began final debate of the bill for the third and final reading. While some Members of Parliament were in favour, others indicated that they would not support it. This bill was supported at every other stage of the process, with amendments added that made it stronger. This bill will improve the lives of whales and dolphins so that they may no longer be captured for entertainment and put into small, barren environments. With only one hour of debate remaining before a final vote, now is a crucial time.

Please email your Member of Parliament now and share with others.

Cetaceans suffer in confinement and should not be held captive for our entertainment. To learn more, read the BC SPCA’s position statement on marine mammal welfare.

C-68 is another bill under review that addresses a number of changes in the Fisheries and Oceans Act. It does not prevent cetaceans from being captured in international waters and imported into Canada. It also does not prevent cetaceans from being bred. Review a comparison of C-68 and S-203 (PDF). The BC SPCA supports S-203 to ensure full protection for cetaceans.