For more than 50 years, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has been saving sick, injured, and orphaned marine mammals – including whales, dolphins, and porpoises – along our coastlines.
In 2016 alone, the dedicated team of veterinarians, technicians, and volunteers rescued more than 170 animals under authorization from DFO (Fisheries and Oceans Canada). It is the only rescue program of its kind in Canada.
And yet, despite a clear need for animal rescue and long-term care, and the support of our community, a recent decision by the Vancouver Park Board has placed this important work at risk.
On May 15, Park Board members passed a bylaw amendment that prevents the Vancouver Aquarium from providing care and a long-term home for cetaceans that can no longer survive in the wild.
And without that care, the fate of cetaceans who will need our help in the future is in jeopardy. Some rescues may not be authorized at all. Now, more than ever, we must stand up for these animals.
We will continue to oppose the Park Board’s ban — for individual animals that need rescuing, for all animals living in nature, and for our oceans. Will you join us?
Want to help out even more? You can donate now to Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.