Raise Your Voice For Whales, Dolphins & Black Bear Cubs

Bill S-203 Which Ends The Captivity Of Whales And Dolphins In Canada Has Passed Senate!  Now we need it passed in     Canada’s House of Commons.

A Call-Out from Niagara Action for Animals (NAFA)

Posted October 26th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Dear friends of animals –

Two requests for quick emails to governmental reps to help black bear cubs and to help whales and dolphins.


Emails needed to Manitoba Minister of Sustainable Development, the Honourable Rochelle Squires. Email: minsdev@leg.gov.mb.ca  

The Manitoba Ministry of Sustainable Development will be releasing three orphaned bear cubs this fall. This can and has been done successfully in other jurisdictions.

However, it is critical that the cubs weigh over 80 pounds upon release to ensure that they are able to hibernate and emerge in a healthy condition in the spring. It is also critical that these animals be monitored using GPS collared so that their release can be assessed and measured. 

The bear cubs need to be collared, so that their release can be fully and transparently evaluated and if necessary, the release criteria changed to improve their chances at successful reintroduction.

To assist the Ministry, Black Bear Rescue Manitoba (partnering with Zoocheck on this rehabilitation project) purchased three collars. Now the Ministry is refusing to allow their use. In addition, Ministry staff are refusing to allow observers to go along on the release.

Please ask the Minister to be open and transparent about the release of the cubs by:

  • Ensuring that the cubs be released with GPS collars;
  • Providing information about the size, health and weight of the cubs;
    Allowing observers from the rehabilitation centre to attend the release of the cubs into the wild; and
  • Working with rehabilitators, animal protection organizations and others to support the program.



This despite stalling tactics from Senator Plett. Contact your MPP (in St. Catharines area it is Chris Bittle) and ask them to support the bill as it moves into the House of Commons. Click on this link if you do not know your MPP:  https://www.niagararegion.ca/government/levels/mp-and-mpp-niagara-region.aspx

About Niagara Action for Animals – Niagara Action for Animals (NAFA) is a non-profit, all volunteer charity devoted to ending all forms of animal cruelty through education, direct action and legitimate protest. 

For more information on NAFA and its animal assistance and advocacy work, click on – http://niagaraactionforanimals.org/ .

Read CBC story on the proposed Canadian  ban on keeping whales and dolphins in captivity by clicking on – https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-whale-dolphin-captivity-canada-senate-bill-1.4876136

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One response to “Raise Your Voice For Whales, Dolphins & Black Bear Cubs

  1. thanks Doug for printing this!


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