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Vancouver Aquarium getting heat from conservation groups June 8, 2006

Posted by Administrator in Aquariums.

Vancouver Aquarium is getting heat from conservation groups over their possession of two dolphins. The two Pacific White-Sided Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), Hana and Helen, were brought from Japan last October. The Coalition for Whales in Captivity say that this is in direct violation of a warning from the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation not to do so.

The Aquarium fights back saying that the dolphins were brought in under special circumstances, saying that they were injured and needed rehabilitation at the time.

"The Vancouver Park Board, responding to the ethical principles of the community, enacted a bylaw intended to phase out the further introduction and imprisonment of cetacean mammals in Vancouver parks," said lawyer Denis Howarth, with the Coalition. "The Vancouver Aquarium is now at this moment in breach of that bylaw."

Meanwhile, Hana gave birth to a stillborn calf yesterday. Very few dolphins give birth in captivity, and there is very little research in the area. The aquarium did not know that Hana was pregnant when thy got her, and only learned a few months ago. The good thing is that Hana is still alive and well.



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