Many animal protection groups cheered the recent passage of Ontario's new legislation, Bill 80, which finally governs the keeping of marine mammals in captivity.
Please understand that, as it stands, it does not protect a single animal; not one. What it will do remains to be seen. But, so far, it has earned kudos for a government that may not deserve them. We'll see.
The bill does outlaw the captive breeding, owning, or import of orcas, also known as "killer whales." There is only one captive orca in Ontario, Kiska, who dwells at Marineland in Niagara Falls: Ontario's only facility to hold any cetacean (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). She is "grandfathered," meaning Marineland gets to keep her. So, for her, there is no victory - and, unless Marineland sells or trades her somewhere, she is doomed to die alone at Marineland.
The only other cetaceans held captive in Ontario - also at Marineland - are belugas, also known as "white whales," and bottlenose dolphins. They, along with Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses), are not protected by the bill itself.