A bill was passed in Canada on Monday that has received immediate approval from animal rights activists from around the globe. Canada’s House of Commons is responsible and their actions are commendable. If a dolphin, whale or porpoise is being against their will, the parties responsible are subjected to major fines. These penalties can result in fines of up to $150,000 in US dollars.
The bill is now known as the “Free Willy” bill. Fans of the 1993 film are already nodding in approval. For those who are unfamiliar (or too young), the movie focused on the efforts of a little boy who was looking to remove a whale from captivity. Humane Canada expressed their happiness in a celebratory tweet. While it took some time for the bill to pass, all good things come to those who wait.
Nothing fantastic ever happens in a hurry. But today we celebrate that we have ended the captivity and breeding of whales and dolphins. This is news to splash a fin at. #bills203 #emptythetanks #cdnpoli Thank you everyone. pic.twitter.com/7j49YkEmpy— Humane Canada (@HumaneCanada) June 10, 2019
If all goes according to plan, it will not be long before the bill is signed into law. Can you believe that this process has taken at least four years? It was first introduced back in 2015. Royal assent is needed before the bill officially becomes law.
The Green Party of Canada celebrated in a statement Monday. “These intelligent, social mammals will now get to live where they belong — in the ocean,” the party said.
There is no logical reason to be removing these animals from their natural habitats, other than selfish human interests. Let’s all come together to celebrate the emptying of these tanks. Gone are the days when these animals would be forced to live in captivity. There are certain exceptions that need to be mentioned, though. If these mammals are rescue animals, they may be exempt from these laws.
#Breaking: When we work together, good things happen.— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) June 10, 2019
This is a combined effort from @ElizabethMay, Senators Moore and Sinclaire, key Liberal and NDP MPs, NGOs, marine scientists and everyday people across Canada.#FreeWilly pic.twitter.com/RRPB91tT9y
In order to be considered, the mammals must be rescues or being utilized for scientific research. Rehabilitation is also considered as one of the acceptable exemptions. This is great news for these animals, no matter how you slice it. The animals’ best interests are finally being considered. In time, all of the animals will be removed from forcible captivity…..with any luck.
Please share this story with all of the animal rights activists in your life. They are sure to be pleased with these latest developments. In a perfect world, the United States would be willing to follow suit. We are tired of seeing these majestic creatures of the sea being confined to cages. It is not the life that they deserve to live!