Wild Capture Loophole

Wild killer whales captured in Russia for overseas marine parks, activists say

Good in depth article on the Russian Company that has been actively wild capturing and ideas on where folks believe those Orcas will be going. 

“We had rumors that two [of the captured killer whales] were going to a Chinese aquarium and two were going to Moscow. But just rumors,” Hoyt said.

Wild killer-whale captures are extremely rare, both because captures are very expensive and logistically difficult and because they can trigger an international uproar. Before Narnia was captured last year, Hoyt said he believed the last capture — as opposed to rescue — happened 15 years ago in Taiji, Japan.“ #endcaptivity 

Read the full article here -http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-wild-killer-whales-captured-20131105,0,346204.story

Federal Loophole Form Letter for Libby Davies, Keith Ashfeild and other Federal MP's

Members have asked for a form letter to send to MP’s in order to give them ideas for their letters, and also to make letter writing for MP’s more convienent. Below is a sample letter to use which can be sent to Libby Davies and which can be cc’d to Keith Ashfield (Federal Minister for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans) and any other Member of Parliament (including your own local member!). Please also remember to cc marinelandanimaldefense@gmail.com as well.

Dear MP Libby Davies and Keith Ashfield,

I am extremely concerned about the horrific conditions that have recently been exposed at Marineland (Niagara Falls) as a result of ten employees stepping forward to break non-disclosure agreements. This situation is the result of a legislative void in regards to captive marine mammals in Canada.

Although it is illegal to wild capture a marine mammal for display in Canada, it is still legal to import and export animals wild caught in other countries (namely Russia and Japan). This does not protect marine mammals at all. In 2001 you introduced a private members motion urging for a closure of the wild capture loophole.  When you put forth this proposal, the NDP had 13 seats - they now have 103. I am writing to ask that you lead the effort to resurrect this bill and to urge your peers to do the same. The concern and outrage about this issue is national and it deserves a response in kind. Only by restructuring the laws will we see change that should have come decades ago. I sincerely hope that you will consider reintroducing this motion as soon as possible.

Please keep me updated about this issue.


Contact information for Libby and Keith is below.

You can find your MP’s contact by using this directory - http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC

Libby Davies Community Office

2412 Main Street,

Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2 Canada

Email: libby.davies@parl.gc.ca

Phone: +1 (604) 775 5800

Fax: +1 (604) 775 5811

Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Parliament Hill Office

542-N Centre Block,

House of Commons,

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Canada

Email: libby.davies@parl.gc.ca

Phone: +1 (613) 992 6030

Fax: +1 (613) 995 7412

Keith Ashfield

House of Commons

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Parliament Buildings,

Wellington Street Ottawa,Ontario Canada K1A 0A6

Email: Min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Phone: 613-993-0999

Fax: 613-990-1866

#ACT07 Update / Call in to Madeleine Meilleur and More!

We have a lot to update on since our last mail out! 

First, the first day back on the job after our #ACT07 demonstration Liberal MPP Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur announced that the following day she would be holding a conference announcing new changes to the OSPCA Act. On wednesday she held that conference and announce what was a watered down and toothless version of the motion NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo had planned on revealing that same week - removing a stance against wild capture and also the ability to close parks that do not comply - while also promoting captive animal businesses as educational (including Marineland). Unfortunately many members of the press were not critical of this maneuver and hailed it as sign of progress. We immediately countered with a press statement outlining how this was a move to actually protect and strengthen Marineland and how these proposed changes will most likely never materialize with this currently Liberal Provincial Minority. Aside from this we have announced that next Monday we are going all out to call / fax / email Madeleine Meilleur’s Toronto Office to send a strong message that we will not be ignored and that wild capture language MUST be a part of any new legislation introduced. You can find the event page and details for that event below. Please RSVP/SHARE/INVITE and REPEAT! We are already near the 200 mark - let’s keep pushing! Call in poster is attached with details as well - feel free to share! 

We have more demonstrations and plans to roll out very shortly so in the meantime we ask for people to be patient. We welcome suggestions - but more than that we welcome people dedicated themselves, joining our working group and regularly attending meetings! In the meantime we also ask that people join the Marineland Animal Defense facebook group. Even if you set your notifications off being in this group will ensure that you get an automatic invite to any and all M.A.D. actions/events, etc.  Last but not least we wanted to update people on our bus donations. We put the call out earlier this week that we were $1100 short on our bus costs and that two people had stepped up to match donations up to $350 dollars by this last Friday. The response? Overwhelming! We’ve raised clear over that $1100 mark and appreciate everyone who gave! 
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“There’s about as much educational benefit studying dolphins in captivity as there would be studying [hu]mankind by only observing prisoners held in solitary.” - Jacques Cousteau 

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