FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is encouraged by an announcement from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) today to end the breeding of captive orcas and ban the future importation of orcas.
“This is an important step forward in protecting the welfare of orca whales,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the CFHS. “Orcas are a highly intelligent, social, deep-diving species whose needs cannot be met in a tank.”
CFHS supports all steps, including the passage of appropriate legislation, which affords greater protection for marine mammals.
In addition to the statement on orcas, the MCSCS also announced that they will be moving ahead with the introduction of the new standards of care for captive marine mammals and the establishment of Animal Welfare Committees at every facility that houses marine mammals.
“The CFHS calls on the Ministry to use the five freedoms of animal welfare as a guiding principle in the creation of their new standards,” says Ms. Cartwright. “We look forward to future progressive welfare initiatives for marine mammals in Canada.”
The five freedoms are: freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from pain, injury, and disease; freedom from distress; freedom from discomfort; and freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being.
CFHS opposes the use of animals in all forms of entertainment or displays which may cause them to suffer.
About the CFHS
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is the national organization representing humane societies and SPCAs in Canada. Founded in 1957, the CFHS works toward positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection, and promote the humane treatment of all animals.
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