Senate of Canada

Thank you for taking action to support Bill S-203, which would ban the import, export, public display, live capture and captive breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Canada. If passed, this Bill will create much-needed protections for these animals and put to rest the cruel practice of cetacean captivity.

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Dear Senators,

Bill S-203 is an important Bill that would ban the import, export, public display, live capture and captive breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Canada. If passed, this Bill will create much-needed protections for these animals and put to rest the cruel practice of cetacean captivity.

These self-aware, social and intelligent creatures are being kept in confined, isolated conditions in Canada, and Bill S-203 would end that. Bill S-203 does not threaten indigenous rights and freedoms, which are protected under the Constitution. The Bill can be easily amended to clarify it does not derogate any rights in relation to carved narwhal tusks or other products. Contrary to what some have said, cetaceans can still be rescued and rehabilitated in Canada under Bill S-203. These crucial activities would not be curbed in any way. Note that the Whale Sanctuary Project is considering sites in Nova Scotia and British Columbia for retiring cetaceans, which would give them a home that meets all of the accepted benchmarks of animal welfare, including the Five Freedoms and the Five Domains.

The objectives of research, rescue and rehabilitation, Aboriginal trade and public education that are so important to Canadians can continue to be met without keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises captive in aquarium holding tanks.

Please send Bill S-203 to Third Reading in the Senate. It is what Canadians want.

Sincerely,

[name]
[title, organization]

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