Vancouver Aquarium whale and dolphin breeding causes controversy
Vancouver Aquarium's keeping of cetaceans in captivity prompts city-wide calls for a ban
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The Vancouver Aquarium's practice of keeping and breeding cetaceans in captivity came under fire from animal rights activists and municipal politicians in 2014, prompting the Vancouver Park Board to pass a motion to review the aquarium's programs in June.
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The issue received a push when Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson weighed in, saying he was personally against the practice.
It then garnered international attention when conservationist Jane Goodall added her voice to the opposition.
The Vision Vancouver-dominated Vancouver Park Board took on the issue, voting to draw up a bylaw that would allow the aquarium to keep cetaceans, but ban the breeding of most whales and dolphins.
The aquarium launched a lawsuit against the park board, arguing the issue fell outside of the board's purview.
Then in the municipal election, Vision Vancouver lost control of the park board, and incoming NPA commissioners promised to end the ban.
After the election, the outgoing park board failed to pass the proposed bylaw at their final meeting, but did pass a resolution to review the aquarium's policies in 2015.