Senate considering Bill S-203 that honours the sentience of cetaceans
March 23, 2017
The BC SPCA is pleased to demonstrate full support for a Bill currently being discussed by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
Bill S-203, also known as the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, would make it illegal to capture, breed or move cetaceans with the intent of putting them in captivity unless the animals are injured or in distress and need assistance.
With the support of the Committee, the Bill would have one more reading in Senate before it moves on to the House of Commons. While the scientific research supports cetacean sentience and demonstrates their capacity to suffer in captivity, public opinion plays a crucial role in whether this Bill becomes a law.
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