Thursday, August 27, 2015

URGENT CALL FOR ACTION: Your Voice Is Needed!


Want to help change things for whales, dolphins, walruses, sea lions and seals in Ontario?

Comments are needed on the proposed 'Standard of care for marine mammals in captivity' and the DEADLINE for public comment is September 14th 2015.  While these comments do not speak to the direct overall unethical issue of captivity, it is CRUCIAL that for the animals currently forced to endure it their lives be made better.

On May 28, 2015, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 80, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Amendment Act, that:

• prohibits the breeding and possession of orcas (except Marineland’s lone orca Kiska) in Ontario.

• Expanded the existing regulation-making authority under the OSPCA Act to allow the Minister to establish additional administrative requirements related to management, oversight practices, professional services, and collecting and disclosing information, intended to ensure the appropriate care of an animal.

The Government of Ontario consultation notice can be found at:
http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=19262&language=en


The proposed Standards of Care and Administrative Standards for marine mammals can be found at:
http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/showAttachment.do?postingId=19262&attachmentId=28891


To provide comments online SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE HERE TO WHERE IT SAYS COMMENT ON THIS PROPOSAL VIA EMAIL: 
http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=19262&language=en

You can also provide comments directly to Yasir Naqvi the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services at ynaqvi.mpp@liberal.ola.org 

You can provide your own comments or use some of the following points:

Subject Line: COMMENTS ON PROPOSED MARINE MAMMAL REGULATIONS

While there are some positive aspects to the proposed standards, there are numerous deficiencies and weaknesses that undermine their effectiveness and that will make them difficult to enforce. Unless these are addressed, the standards may allow business as usual in Ontario’s marine parks and aquariums.

SOME KEY DEFICIENCIES IN PROPOSED

MARINE MAMMALS IN CAPTIVITY STANDARDS

1. No requirement for veterinarian with marine mammal experience and expertise.  I ask that a vet with marine mammal experience be REQUIRED.

2. No minimum time requirement for enrichment activities/programs to keep animals occupied.  I ask that an extensive enrichment program be implemented immediately.

3. No requirement for social animals to be given companionship, so Kiska may be left in social isolation. Belugas or dolphins should be introduced to her as soon as possible.

4. No requirement for privacy/refuge areas for animals, particularly important when many animals housed together and may be subject to aggression (bullying).  I ask that this be a requirement of animal enclosures and include mandatory shaded areas from the sun for all marine mammals.

5. No requirement for seals, sea lions or walruses (pinnipeds) to be kept outdoors, even on a partial basis, so they have opportunities to experience natural sunlight and conditions such as fresh air.  I ask that this also be made mandatory.

6. No public disclosure of animal information or records, so no public accountability.  I ask that it be mandatory all records of imports, exports, births and deaths be publicly available.


You can expand on these comments if you wish, making them as brief or as long as you like.


PLEASE SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS BY SEPTEMBER 14, 2015.

To provide comments online SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE HERE TO WHERE IT SAYS COMMENT ON THIS PROPOSAL VIA EMAIL: 
http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=19262&language=en

1 comment:

  1. This is no life for Smooshi. Needs to be free with own kind in the wild. That is freedom and happiness for us all.

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