Canadian parliament today passed legislation banning dolphins and whales from being held or bred in captivity. Violations are going to cost up to $150,000, a move welcomed by animal right activists.
The bill does contain some exceptions. Marine mammals already held will be allowed to remain in captivity. And the animals can be kept during rehabilitation from injury or for the purposes of licensed scientific research.
Animal rights activists have welcomed the move, having long stated the cruelty of keeping animals enclosed in tanks
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It is reported that the measure notably impacts Marineland, the Niagara Falls amusement park and zoo that is considered the last Canadian park committed to keeping cetaceans in captivity.
Marineland has some 61 cetaceans, including 55 beluga whales, five bottlenose dolphins and one orca, according to the data from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.