"Ontario is moving ahead with enhanced standards of care for marine mammals - such as dolphins, belugas and walruses - to ensure both greater protection and improved treatment.
These new standards of care, reflecting advice from an expert report by University of British Columbia marine biologist Dr. David Rosen, will be among the best in the world.
New standards would be developed in a number of areas including:
•The size of pools used to house marine mammals
•Environmental considerations such as bacteria content, noise and lighting
•Appropriate social groupings
•Regulations for the handling and display of marine mammals
The government will establish a technical advisory group composed of veterinarians, animal welfare groups, industry, and enforcement partners to provide advice on the final standards and timing of their implementation. This group will report back with their findings within six months.
The government will also be moving forward with legislation to prohibit the future breeding and acquisition of orcas (killer whales) and establish Animal Welfare Committees at every facility with marine mammals. These committees will provide both oversight and access to additional protections such as veterinarians with expertise in marine mammals.”