Vancouver Aquarium goes to court over whale, dolphin ban

The facility wants a judge to overturn the park board’s ban on cetaceans in captivity

Staff with the Vancouver Aquarium has gone to court over an effort to ban it having whales and dolphins in captivity.

The Vancouver Park Board voted last month to amend a bylaw that would end the aquarium’s program of keeping new cetaceans at its facility in Stanley Park.

RELATED: The Vancouver Park Board votes to ban new cetaceans

The aquarium announced Thursday it has launched a legal challenge in B.C. Supreme Court, arguing the park board doesn’t have the power to enact a bylaw amendment, that it refused to hear the aquarium’s argument and that the bylaw itself is too vague.

Staff also argue that the program’s cancellation would result in a loss of funding to its marine mammal rescue centre in Vancouver.

Last fall, two belugas, a mother and daughter named Qila and Aurora, died within two weeks of each other.

More to come.


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