The Vancouver Park Board has now heard from more than 100 people on both sides of the debate surrounding whales and dolphins in captivity- as the future of the Vancouver Aquarium hangs in the balance.
Grade seven student Andrew Nair says he and his father cancelled their year-round memberships.
“I like the aquarium, the only reason I don’t go now is because they have those, in my opinion I think kids and even adults would like to go there still, even if they didn’t have the whales.”
Walt Judas with Tourism Vancouver says more than 1-million people visit the Aquarium every year and the marine mammals are a huge attraction.
“The aquarium passes are among the top three passes that we sell at our visitors centre downtown.”
Director of Arctic Programs at the Aquarium is Eric Coloman .
“The letter that I read from the north was really indicating the importance to these aboriginal communities the kind of work that is going on.”
A total of 133 people had their voices heard.
Many still feel the practice is inhumane.
“I totally disagree with animals in captivity.”
“I’m totally against cetaceans in captivity
“Captivity is cruelty”
“This issue is one that the public has to have a say on, and that means a referendum.”
Commissioners will meet again in July 31st at 6pm to discuss the public’s comments.
The Park Board hasn’t said when a final decision will be made.