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fueltransitsleep  asked:

I'm not too familiar with the Vancouver Park Board's ruling to end cetacean captivity, but are their only options an all or nothing approach? From what I understand, the controversy was the cetaceans being kept in captivity at the aquarium for display/education purposes, so couldn't they have made a more narrow ruling that made provisions for injured animals found off the coast?

From what I understand their decision was to study one of 4 options and then decide on 1 of them. Those options are:

 OPTION1: Call  on  City  Council  to  include  an  assent  question  (plebiscite)  in  the  2018 municipal election;

OPTION 2:  Accept the Vancouver Aquarium’s February 20, 2017 announced plans

As  per  their  announcement  in  February  2017,  the  Aquarium  has  voluntarily  agreed  to  not breed belugas at the Vancouver Aquarium and to phase-out beluga displays entirely by 2029.  However, in the meantime, they do intend to incorporate beluga displays in their new Arctic Exhibit starting in 2018/19, as part of their on-site conservation research program.  While this does  not  fully  address  concerns  regarding  the  other  cetaceans  in  captivity  at  the  Vancouver Aquarium, it is a quick and relatively low impact option to ultimately achieve an outcome.

OPTION 3:  Amend the Parks Control By-laws (there’s several scenarios listed here)

OPTION 4:  Maintain status quo

Read the full motion here that was voted in favour here.

So I think it should be possible to make changes/exemptions.

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