Success: Government Bans Captive Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

Target: Michael Wiebe, Chair of Vancouver Park Board

Goal: Praise Vancouver Park Board for banning cetacean captivity.

Last November, two beluga whales passed away at the Vancouver Aquarium only nine days apart. Qila, a 21-year-old whale, passed away and then her mother, Aurora, died shortly after at 29 years old. Animal rights activists and the public, including members of the ForceChange community, started raising concerns after these two sudden deaths. Thankfully, the Vancouver Park Board voted to ban cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Cetaceans are marine mammals that include whales, dolphins and porpoises. These are incredibly social and intelligent animals, and captivity is extremely detrimental to their physical and mental well-being. Captivity often leads to shortened lifespans and increased stress levels.

Sign this petition and thank the Vancouver Park Board for making the compassionate choice and preventing future harm to our earth’s precious wildlife.


Dear Mr. Wiebe,

Recently, the Vancouver Park Board voted to ban cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. This is great news since captivity leads to many physical and mental problems in these animals.

Cetaceans are marine mammals, including whales, dolphins and porpoises. These incredibly intelligent and social animals thrive in the open ocean. Captivity often leads to shorten life spans and increased stress levels in these animals.

Thankfully, your board decided to ban cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. Thank you for making the compassionate choice and sparing future animals from a life trapped in captivity.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Alexander Vasenin


  1. Thank you for having compassion! Others should follow suit.

  2. Yah, sorry, but until they close their doors entirely, I won’t be satisfied.

    VanAqua is still involved in supporting wild capture of sealife by/for OTHER aquariums & is preparing to manage the L’Oceanografic marine park in Valencia, Spain, which has one of the largest collections of wild-caught dolphins in Europe; they have purchased dolphins from the Japanese (re: the infamous Cove massacres); they’ve sold many belugas to Seaworld; they tossed back a beluga caught and severely injured from capture in MB, to fend for herself AFTER they harmed her so grossly; they hold international breeding partnerships with SeaWorld and others; a for-profit arm of theirs designed/built captive animal marine parks in Las Vegas (e.g. Mandalay Bay Hotel); they still offer performing seal acts for an additional fee; and they lie to the gullible public about captive research benefits, when all their info has been provided by WILD creature research.

    I don’t support, nor congratulate LIARS and ABUSERS, period.

    Have NEVER gone to a sealife prison, and never will.

  3. Avatar photo Richard Hofman says:

    Why the fucking humans always think that these animals need us? They don’t need these human’s frustrated junks who abuse animals to keep themself out of their own stressful lives!

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗?

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