Wednesday 19 June 2019

Canada bans whale and dolphin shows

Canada has banned the capture and breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises for entertainment after a lengthy campaign by activists (stock photo)
Canada has banned the capture and breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises for entertainment after a lengthy campaign by activists (stock photo)

Rozina Sabur

Canada has banned the capture and breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises for entertainment after a lengthy campaign by activists.

Dubbed the 'Free Willy bill' after the children's film, it places restrictions on importing and exporting cetaceans and bans making them perform for entertainment, with fines of up to $200,000 (€133,000) for breaches.

There is a clause allowing marine mammals currently held captive to stay confined but not to continue breeding.

Orca whales, dolphins and other cetaceans have been popular attractions at marine parks for decades.

Irish Independent

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