A rally to keep rescue animals at the Vancouver Aquarium will take place on Monday, May 15.
“Marine mammals who can no longer survive the wild deserve a second chance at life. But a proposed bylaw from the Vancouver Park Board would ban all cetaceans – whales, dolphins, and porpoises – from Vancouver parks and by extension, the Vancouver Aquarium,” write the event organizers on Facebook.
“This decision puts the future of marine mammal rescue at risk and jeopardizes the fate of those animals in need of a new place to call home.”
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On Monday night, the Vancouver Park Board will vote on an amended bylaw that proposes a ban on all cetaceans, such as dolphins and porpoises from the Vancouver Aquarium.
Concerns have risen over the fate of the aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, which helps care for more than 100 sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals that are found stranded annually along the BC coastline–including cetaceans.
In response, the Park Board says that it supports the Marine Rescue Centre and will work with aquarium staff to support the rescue program.
Monday’s rally at Ceperley Playground in Stanley Park is near the chamber of the Park Board.
When: Monday, May 15
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Ceperley Playground – 8701 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver