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    Canada passes ‘Free Willy’ bill; outlaws whale, dolphin captivity and breeding

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    From Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide:

    A bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada is finally set to become law after a sinuous process that took over three years to reach a conclusion.

    The House of Commons passed Bill S-203 on Monday morning. The legislation will help outlaw captive breeding and the import or export of whales, their embryos, or sperm, Canadian paper National Post reports…

    As of now, only two facilities in Canada keep whales captive. These include the Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland, a theme park in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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    Documentary star urges Ontario to strengthen protection laws for captive animals

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    From the Guelph Mercury:

    The star of an Academy Award-winning documentary on dolphin abuse is urging Ontario to enact laws to protect captive animals, including those at Marineland.

    Ric O’Barry, a former dolphin trainer turned animal activist, is lending his support to Zoocheck Canada and former park employees who allege animals at the Niagara Falls tourist attraction aren’t properly cared for.

    Asked how it measured up to other parks he has seen outside Canada, O’Barry, who has not visited Marineland since the 1990s, responded: “Relative to progressive countries, very civilized countries, yeah, Marineland is the worst by far.”

    Have you seen The Cove? It is a fascinating movie!

    Vacationing in Ontario: Family trip to Niagara Falls proves all wet — in a good way (with video)

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    From the News-Herald (in northern Ohio):

    My oldest son, Nate, was dancing around his seat even before the dolphin, walrus and sea lion show officially began at the outdoor Marineland stadium.

    His enthusiasm paid off.

    The emcee chose 9-year-old Nate from the packed crowd and invited him on stage in the middle of the show to feed and pet the bottlenose dolphins.

    Marineland was our first stop and one of the highlights of our family’s four-day, early June trip to Niagara Falls, Canada.

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