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Vancouver Park Board to Overturn Ban on Captive Breeding?

November 20, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

By Mark J. Palmer
Associate Director
International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute

Elections have consequences, although the recent local election in Vancouver has had a very odd consequence:  The ban on breeding of captive marine mammals at the Vancouver Aquarium is now in danger of being set aside by the political party that once supported it!

The captive industry and Vancouver Aquarium have been working overtime to overturn the ban.  The only reason to breed dolphins and whales in captivity is to produce more dolphins and whales for captivity.  There is no conservation reason to produce more of these animals, as they cannot be returned to the wild.

Two courageous Park Commissioners, Constance Barnes and Sarah Blyth, have vowed to oppose the effort by the Mayor and his party to overturn the breeding ban, having championed it earlier this year.  They have vowed to defend the ban and vote against their own party.

The Park Board will take up the issue on Monday evening, November 24th.  Local activists have planned a protest.

TIME IS SHORT: We urge you to tweet your support to:











The meeting of the Parks Commission will be live-streamed by enviros; watch it here:


Our thanks to Park Commissioners Constance Barnes and Sarah Blyth for their support for the dolphins and beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium.  And our thanks to all the local activists fighting to end captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium.


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Vancouver Park Board to Overturn Ban on Captive Breeding?