Park Board Bans Cetacean Captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium

After the last remaining beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium died, PETA and other animal rights groups urged the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to ban cetacean captivity (i.e., imprisoning whales, dolphins, and porpoises) at the facility, where 100 percent of such species born there have died short of their natural life expectancy. After two nights of debate, the board voted unanimously to ban cetaceans from the aquarium, sparing more animals suffering and death in the facility’s cramped tanks.

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