Chest and Helen two rescued cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium

The Canadian Government has failed whales, dolphins and the Vancouver Aquarium

The most prominent animal rights organizations posted celebratory articles when Vancouver’s Park Board destroyed the Aquarium’s cetacean program. Not one of them reported on the Trans Mountain tar sands project, and the nightmare it promises to be for one of the most endangered groups of orcas in the world.

Daisey a rescued harbor porpoise, would die if attempted to be released.

Daisey a rescued harbor porpoise, would die if attempted to be released.

The Canadian government has failed to protect their cetaceans, both last week and last November. They put the interests of a vocal, unscientific minority over the expertise of one of the world’s most prominent and Canada’s only marine mammal rescue facility, after failing to prioritize their slowly dying Southern Residents over profits from an oil pipeline.

Helena a rescued pacific white sided dolphin who had both pectoral fins amputated after being entangled in a fishing net.

Helena a rescued pacific white sided dolphin who had both pectoral fins amputated after being entangled in a fishing net.

Conservation cannot be an issue of convenience. The embattled zoological community is actively engaged in the well being of marine mammals, both free ranging and in human care. While animal rights folks cheered at the dismantling of the Vancouver Aquarium, the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association raised over $15,000 in the interests of the critically endangered Vaquita porpoises, who like the Southern Residents, are vanishing before our eyes. It is both outrageous and morally unjustifiable to see the millions of dollars funneled into advertising and endorsing animal rights causes that euthanize their charges (PETA – who celebrated the new Vancouver bylaw, has killed a staggering 34,970 pets since 1998) and purchase signs to stand outside SeaWorld and VanAqua, while wild populations of marine mammals slowly suffer, starve and die.

A beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium, that is providing researchers valuable insight into saving an endangered population.

A beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium, that is providing researchers valuable insight into saving an endangered population.

The pattern must change. The governmental bodies wielding power over wildlife, both zoological and wild, must bow to science, not sensation, or both the tanks and the seas around us will be empty.

A harbor seal pup that was rescued by the Vancouver Aquarium, that is Canada's only marine mammal rescue organization.

A harbor seal pup that was rescued by the Vancouver Aquarium, that is Canada’s only marine mammal rescue organization.

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