Free Willy Bill passes after three years of swimming through Senate

The Free Willy Bill has passed a final vote in the House of Commons.

Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, will stop places like Marineland from capturing, keeping, and breeding whales or dolphins.

Final reading took place this morning.

Marineland Canada expressed specific concerns with clauses in Bill S-203 saying the bill will automatically put the Niagara Falls theme park in legal trouble since some of their beluga whales are already pregnant with babies expected to be born this summer and possibly next.

The gestation period of a beluga whale is 16 months.

We have reached out to the theme park.

Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, has been winding its way through the Canadian Senate since late 2015.