In a statement released yesterday, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says that the Vancouver Aquarium -- one of the city's major attractions -- should stop holding cetaceans captive.
"The Vancouver Aquarium is renowned worldwide for its work on conservation and state-of-the-art ocean research, and its team plays a crucial role in educating the public about the importance of protecting our vibrant local waters and marine environment. It is a huge draw for local residents and tourists alike, and one of the highlights of Stanley Park," writes Robertson.
"My personal view is that the Vancouver Aquarium should begin to phase out the holding of whales and dolphins in captivity. I'm hopeful that the Aquarium and the Park Board can work collaboratively and come to an agreement on how to achieve this with a dialogue and review that will be informed, thoughtful and inclusive."