Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed an incredible outpouring of support from our community against a proposed ban on cetaceans – whales, dolphins, and porpoises – at the Vancouver Aquarium. On behalf of the vulnerable animals we have fought to protect, we are writing today to say thank you.
Thank you for sending more than 13,000 letters asking the Park Board to reconsider the proposed ban. Thank you to the hundreds of people who came to the public rally to oppose the ban (in the pouring rain!) and those of you who joined the rally online. Thank you for adding your passionate and well-informed voice to this important conversation, both on social media and in person with your friends, family and colleagues. But most of all, thank you for caring about the future of the most vulnerable animals.
Unfortunately, the Park Board voted to approve the ban on cetaceans in Vancouver parks and by extension, at the Vancouver Aquarium – a decision that places the opinion of a vocal few above the overwhelming majority of Metro Vancouver residents and the scientific community. Effectively, they voted against a future for non-releasable animals that are found injured, sick, or orphaned on our shores.
So what happens now? Caring for vulnerable marine animals is what we do, and we’re not giving up. We will now turn our attention to understanding what the ban will mean to us and we’re exploring our options.
From our entire team, thank you for your continued support. We appreciate it so much.
Your Vancouver Aquarium