The Vancouver Aquarium is currently undergoing a $100-million expansion project, which will include bigger whale and dolphin tanks once completed.
But earlier this week, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson put his weight behind a growing movement calling on the Vancouver Aquarium to stop holding whales and dolphins in captivity.
“My personal view is I’d like to see a phasing-out,” Robertson told CTV Vancouver. “But it isn’t up to me, it’s up to the park board and the aquarium to work that out.”
Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation member Constance Barnes echoed Robertson’s statement, saying keeping the animals in captivity is “not acceptable.”