WDC welcomes the news that the Vancouver Park Board voted unanimously last week to end whale and dolphin captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Aquarium is situated in the city’s Stanley Park, which is run by the Park Board.
The Aquarium had already said it no longer intended to keep whales or dolphins after 2029 but had announced plans in February to bring back a number of beluga whales currently on loan at other marine parks. This followed the unexplained deaths of the aquarium’s two remaining beluga whales last year. Three other species are held at the park – harbour porpoise, false killer whale and Pacific white-sided dolphin. A decision has still to be made on whether they can remain at the aquarium or will be moved.