November 19, 2018

Aquarium takes board to court over bylaw that would ban whales, dolphins

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Aquarium has launched a legal challenge over the city park board’s attempt to prohibit the breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises at the popular tourist attraction.

The aquarium’s request for a judicial review, filed Wednesday, is the latest development in an ongoing and highly contentious debate in the city over the ethics of keeping cetaceans in captivity.

The board passed a motion last month that, among other things, would prohibit the breeding of cetaceans in Vancouver parks unless the animals are considered a threatened species. The board stopped short of banning captive cetaceans altogether, which some critics had