Ontario will no longer allow orca whales to be put in tanks for profit.
The ban is a symbolic victory for the province's only captive killer whale, Kiska, who was caught in the wild and has been living in her concrete tank in the Marineland amusement park for 37 years.
Phil Demers, a former senior trainer at the park who is now campaigning against the park's poor animal welfare standards, told The Dodo that the lack of laws around marine mammals made it impossible for him and his colleagues to report the animal neglect they witnessed.
"Today is a start," he said. "Hopefully it's the beginning of the end of marine mammal captivity in Ontario. It's a good feeling knowing Marineland will never have another captive killer whale. Kiska will be their last."
Ontario's government is expected to announce Tuesday an all-out ban on the selling or buying of orcas, as well as a series of changes in the regulations for captive marine mammals including dolphins, walruses, seals and sea lions. The move is the result of a 125-page report compiled by marine mammal scientists at the University of British Columbia. Researchers conclude: