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Like many businesses around the world, the Vancouver Aquarium is closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But because the facility has relied on confining and exploiting animals as its main source of revenue, it may permanently close this summer. We need your help to urge it to use this time to rethink its business model and stop exploiting animals for profit.
More than 70,000 animals, including otters, octopuses, seals, sharks, and other fish, are suffering in cramped tanks at the Vancouver Aquarium right now. The last two beluga whales there—Aurora and her calf Qila—died prematurely three years ago. In February 2019, the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled that the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation had the publicly supported authority to ban dolphin and whale captivity at the facility, and then in June, Canada banned whale and dolphin captivity altogether.
In their natural homes, sea otters give birth in the water and nurture their young while floating on their backs. They nurse the babies by holding them on their chests and, soon, teach them to swim. Confining otters and other animals to a lifetime of deprivation for humans to gawk at is a form of speciesism—a human-supremacist worldview.
Please, urge the Vancouver Aquarium to stop exploiting animals, make the transition to operating solely as a rescue and rehabilitation facility, and work toward moving animals to seaside sanctuaries.