Vancouver Aquarium hearing extended
Vancouver Aquarium worker and one of the facility's dolphins/ (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)
The Vancouver Park Board will continue to hear public input on the pros and cons of having captive cetaceans at the Stanley Park aquarium at a meeting Monday.
So many people showed up to a weekend Park Board hearing on Saturday that extending the meeting was the only way to hear all the feedback, said board chairman Aaron Jasper.
“I see the benefits of research ... but I’m a bit uncomfortable with whales in captivity,” he said.
“I haven’t made up my mind on whether or not this is a practice that should continue or be phased out.”
Jasper said the meeting would take place at 6 p.m. at the Park Board office at 2099 Beach Ave. It will begin with speaker number 49 and continue to 133, each speaker gets three minutes.
So far, he said, the board has heard everything from how keeping cetaceans could yield research otherwise impossible to gather in the wild, to how captivity is “cruel and barbaric” to the marine mammals.
He said while there’s no official motion yet on whether or not captive cetaceans should stay or go at Vancouver Aquarium, the Park Board has the power to make that decision.