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Debate over Vancouver Aquarium continues

Last Updated Mar 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm PST

(Courtesy: Vancouver Aquarium)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The future of whales and dolphins in captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium is up for debate again tonight — as the Vancouver Park Board is meeting to decide the future of the Aquarium’s cetacean programme.

Speakers have been addressing the board tonight.

“With the right decision the not allow any more cetaceans in the now empty tanks, you would be making a courageous statement. Yes, do it for the cetaceans, but do it for the respect out of the next generation,” said one man.

Last month — the aquarium announced it would bring in new belugas before phasing out its cetacean program over the next decade.

The board is looking at four possible options — ranging from leaving things as they are to holding a referendum on dropping the cetacean programme.

Two belugas died at the Vancouver Aquarium last November.

We have a reporter at tonight’s meeting and we’ll bring you details of the vote as soon as possible.