Dear Concerned Citizen,
I am writing to you today with an urgent request.
On April 2nd, Bill S-203, An Act to End the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins, will be examined clause by clause in committee. If we are to have any chance at passing this legislation, the bill needs to get through committee without any amendments. If a single amendment is made, no matter how friendly or well-intentioned, it would have the effect of killing this bill. This is why I need you to take action now.
This bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation that I have worked on during my time as a Member of Parliament. Whales, dolphins and porpoises are highly intelligent creatures. When held in captivity, they suffer from confinement isolation, health problems, reduced life spans, high infant mortality rates, sensory deprivation, and trauma from transfer to other parks and calf separation. Put simply, keeping whales and dolphins in captivity is a cruel practice that needs to be outlawed in Canada.
Most Canadians support ending this outdated practice; it is time that politicians took action. Bill S-203 is the solution to this problem, as long as we pass it before the election. If it is amended during this process, the bill will never become law.
I’ve done everything I can to convince my colleagues that this bill needs to be passed ASAP. Now it is up to you. Take to social media to share the importance of Bill S-203, email the committee members, call your MP. Every action you take makes a difference and helps push this bill towards the finish line.
Thank you for all that you do, together we will make a difference.
For the whales,
Elizabeth May, O.C.
Member of Parliament
Leader of the Green Party of Canada
P.S. – If you would like to find out more about Bill S-203, you can watch my speech in the House of Commons or read the briefing package that was sent to all Members of Parliament. If you are still looking for more ways to support Bill S-203, forward this email to 5 friends or pick up the phone and call your Member of Parliament.