Activists are gathering this afternoon outside the Vancouver Aquarium to take part in what is being called the biggest anti-captivity demonstration in Vancouver’s history.
Janos Mate with Whale Friends says the “Empty the Tanks” rally is part of an international day of protest against keeping dolphins and whales in captivity.
“Many other countries in the world have passed legislation, it’s time for the Vancouver Aquarium to come in to the 21st century and end this practice and make the aquarium into a place that is educational without cruelty.”
The Vancouver Park board has until July to compile a report on best practices after Vancouver City Councillors rejected the idea of holding a non-binding referendum on banning whales and dolphins in captivity here in Vancouver.
For their part, officials with the aquarium say by studying captive animals they can better help those out in the wild, while educating the general population on the ocean.
The rally begins at 2:30pm.