Target: Canadian Liberal Senator Wilfred Moore
Goal: Urge lawmakers to ban the practice of keeping cetaceans in captivity unless they are injured or need help.
Whales, dolphins, porpoises, and other cetaceans are still allowed to be held in captivity where it they live shorter lives and are often used for entertainment purposes, but this may end with new legislation that Canada is introducing to the Senate.
Canadian Liberal Senator Wilfred Moore has introduced The Ending of Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, which would build upon Canada’s animal abuse laws and extend these provisions to cetaceans. Holding these animals in captivity would only be allowed if they were injured or clearly in need of help.
Senator Moore has recognized the importance of keeping these creatures out of captivity for the purpose of entertainment. Moore said that “treating cetaceans as the highly intelligent species that they are, and ensuring the freedom they enjoy in their natural habitat, is paramount for our own morality.”
According to Moore, there are more than 50 beluga whales and dolphins currently being held captive at the Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland. While the aquarium only captures cetaceans when they need help, breeding still continues there and needs to be stopped. In the province of Ontario, capturing and breeding orcas has been made illegal and those caught breaking this law can serve up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $60,000.
All of Canada needs to follow in the footsteps of Ontario and ban the captivity and breeding of cetaceans. Please sign the petition below and tell Senator Wilfred Moore how crucial it is for Canada to stop treating cetaceans with cruelty and let them be free.
Dear Hon. Wilfred Moore,
You have recently introduced legislation called The Ending of Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act that would ban the practice of acquiring and breeding cetaceans in Canada. This legislation is needed and I fully support your decision to back this bill.
Keeping cetaceans in captivity for any reason other than helping injured creatures is wrong. For far too long, we have let this practice go on because there is a profit to be made in the animal entertainment industry. It is time we stop this cruel practice and allow cetaceans such as orcas and dolphins be free in their natural habitat.
Thank you for introducing legislation that will hopefully work to achieve this goal. We need continued support for this bill and I hope that you will do everything in your power to stop the captivity and breeding of cetaceans.
[Your Name Here]
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