Hon. Bernadette Jordan: Revoke Marineland Canada's Beluga Whale Export Permit

Hon. Bernadette Jordan: Revoke Marineland Canada's Beluga Whale Export Permit

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, has approved a permit allowing Marineland Canada to export 5 Beluga whales to Mystic Aquarium in CT. 

Once the Beluga whales are removed from the protection of Canadian law, their future is uncertain. The import permit issued by the U.S. Government to Mystic Aquarium is only valid for 5 years. Mystic has stated they do not know what will happen at the expiration of the permit. It is possible the whales could be sold to aquariums throughout the United States or elsewhere.

The export permit issued by Canada ...

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, has approved a permit allowing Marineland Canada to export 5 Beluga whales to Mystic Aquarium in CT. 

Once the Beluga whales are removed from the protection of Canadian law, their future is uncertain. The import permit issued by the U.S. Government to Mystic Aquarium is only valid for 5 years. Mystic has stated they do not know what will happen at the expiration of the permit. It is possible the whales could be sold to aquariums throughout the United States or elsewhere.

The export permit issued by Canada has no restrictions on captive breeding or using the whales in entertainment performances. Although these are banned in the import permit, it is only valid for 5 years and leaves the Beluga's vulnerable thereafter. 

Canada has strong protection laws for cetaceans. In 2019, Canada passed the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, which aims to phase out the cycle of cetaceans in captivity. Under the Act, captive breeding and entertainment performances are prohibited. Demand Canada uphold the values of the Act, and keep the Beluga whales under the protection of Canadian law.

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Protect Canada's Beluga Whales

Email the Hon. Bernadette Jordan, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, to revoke the export permit issued to Marineland Canada to transfer 5 Beluga whales to Mystic Aquarium in the U.S. Keep the Beluga whales under the protections of Canadian law. 

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