Vancouver Aquarium Committed to Rescue and Research – Park Board Decision Threatens To Destroy Conservation Efforts

Marineland supports the Vancouver Aquarium’s commitment to rescue, rehabilitation, and critical research related to the conservation and preservation of all marine mammals.

Vancouver Park Board’s hasty and sudden decision last night without any real debate or examination, under pressure from a tiny minority of vocal activists, condemns to death stranded or injured whales on the Pacific Coast of Canada.

For example, the false killer whale rescued and now alive and thriving at the Vancouver Aquarium would have died if the Vancouver Aquarium could not rescue and house it, the direct consequence of a decision like this. The only alternative to rescue, rehabilitation and long-term care for sick animals that cannot survive in the wild on their own is euthanasia.

This hasty decision, made after a single meeting, and without comprehensive and thorough evaluation of the impact on whale rescue and conservation, reflects the worst consequences of high pressure internet based attacks by a vocal minority of animal rights activists.

The decision will cause unnecessary marine mammal deaths, damage long term conservation efforts and reflects a lack of understanding of the role of science and education in preserving our natural habitat and educating our public.

Marineland will continue to provide a centre for research and a home for rescued animals that cannot be returned to the wild.  Marineland will continue to make decisions based on science and facts in the best interests of all of its animals.