A new question has surfaced, will Vancouverites be asked to decide whether to keep cetaceans captive in the Aquarium?
After a packed Vancouver Park Board meeting, the answer is… maybe.
The motion to hold a plebiscite in 2018 asking if whales and dolphins should be allowed in captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium has been referred by the VPB on Monday night.
Staff will have a month to look at other potential options before reporting back.
‘No Whales In Captivity’ president Annelise Sorg says having the motion referred wasn’t the outcome she was hoping for — but she’s staying positive.
“It’s going to be a difficult process, not impossible, of course I always have hope.”
She says she has seen this before.
“Frankly, it sounds to us like a delay tactic.”
Sorg says the meeting didn’t go the way she’d hoped.
“By passing the motion today we finally had something on the books and then we can continue to negotiate with the Aquarium, but right now the staff’s gonna have to go through a lot of work.”
The meeting was packed full of public support — Sorg says that’s what will carry the movement forward.
“The mood of the public was disruptive and I think that we’re going to see more of that when this goes back to committee. There’s gonna be a lot of people speaking to the board, it is a contentious issue.”
‘No Whales In Captivity’ first urged the Board to hold a plebiscite on the issue back in 1995.
She says the good news is, in the meantime there will be more room for public discourse on the issue that could lead to a moratorium.