Vancouver Aquarium, a target for animal-rights activists for decades, appears headed up the agenda as the city's municipal election campaign begins ramping up.The
More than 130 people turned up to speak at a special weekend meeting of the city's Board of Parks and Recreation (known locally as the park board) over whether the aquarium should be allowed to continue keeping cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – in captivity.
The crowd was so large the session had to be extended to Monday night to allow everyone who'd signed up time to have their say.
The aquarium, which draws more than a million visitors a year, is located in Stanley Park, which makes the city its landlord.
Park board commissioners, most of whom are not standing for re-election in the Nov. 15 vote, set up the meeting at the behest of a coalition of animal-rights and conservation organizations headed by the group No Whales in Captivity.
No Whales president Anneliese Sorg told Yahoo Canada News that her organizationRead More »from Vancouver Aquarium’s future could be whale of a civic election issue