PETA Statement: Vancouver Park Board Applauded for Transforming Aquarium

For Immediate Release:
March 10, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Please see PETA’s statement regarding the unanimous vote by the Vancouver Park Board to amend its bylaws to ban cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium.

PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman says the following:

In light of the staggering death toll at the Vancouver Aquarium—of the 10 cetaceans born at the facility, all 10 are dead—the Vancouver Park Board made the right decision to ban cetaceans. This decision will end a cycle of suffering and death for whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the facility’s cramped tanks. PETA is urging the aquarium to use the $100 million that it had planned to spend to expand its tanks to follow the example of the National Aquarium instead and move the surviving cetaceans to protected seaside sanctuaries. The Vancouver Aquarium must also retrieve the five beluga whales it shipped off to SeaWorld and the Georgia Aquarium and allow them to be retired to coastal sanctuaries.

More information about PETA’s campaign against keeping marine mammals in captivity is available on our website.

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