History in the Making: Canada Bans Whale and Dolphin Captivity

Posted by on June 14, 2019 | Permalink

Canada has banned keeping dolphins and whales in captivity. This is a gigantic step forward for animals and sets a precedent that every country should follow.

For the first time in history, Canada has voted in favour of federal animal protection laws in Parliament. Adopted by a majority vote, Bill S-203 bans all confinement and breeding of cetaceans in captivity – all but ending the cruel practice that PETA US has protested against in the country for decades.

Parks and aquaria that dare to violate the new provisions against cruelty to animals in the Criminal Code could face fines of up to C$200,000 (£118,000).

Will Other Countries Follow Suit?

It’s ridiculous that in the 21st century, some of the world’s most sensitive and intelligent animals are still being kidnapped from their ocean homes and forced to live in cramped enclosures that are a dismal imitation of their natural environment.


Canada proves that the tide of public opinion has turned against marine-mammal confinement. But there are still animal abusers – such as the notorious SeaWorld – that will try to exploit orcas until the very end. Together, we can stop them.

TUI still sells tickets to SeaWorld, supporting the abuse of these animals. Ask the travel provider to follow in the footsteps of numerous others – including STA Travel and Thomas Cook – and sever ties with SeaWorld: