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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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    Marineland takes issue with animal rights group

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Marineland has taken aim at a provincial animal rights group, accusing it of “exploitive effort to use children” in a campaign that is meant to sway the opinion of senate committee currently holding hearings on a bill that would ban the breeding and importation of whales and dolphins in Canada. Read More…

    Marineland sues Vancouver paper, eighth lawsuit since 2012

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland’s eighth lawsuit since 2012 is seeking $600,000 in damages from a Vancouver publication for a story it claims is “indifferent to the truth.”

    The park is seeking $500,000 for defamation and $100,000 in punitive damages from the weekly Georgia Straight and writer Travis Lupick for an article published and posted online April 28 titled ‘Vancouver Aquarium seals left blind or dead after transfer to Marineland.’

    The article’s title has since been amended to ‘Vancouver Aquarium seals allegedly left blind or dead after transfer to other facility.’

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