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After years of mounting public pressure, companies around the world are being forced to free the whales used for entertainment from captivity. The trouble is, after living their lives in captive environments, these animals are incapable of surviving in the wild.

Charles Vinick, the executive director of The Whale Sanctuary Project sat down with Your Morning to discuss solutions and why Canada may be the perfect haven for these whales.

Why it’s important

Studies have shown that whales live significantly shorter lives riddled with psychological issues when held in small tanks.

Where will it be?

After surveying 130 potential locations, the organization has narrowed their sights to three locations off the coast of, Nova Scotia, BC and Washington. The sanctuary will be a netted enclosure in a cove or a bay, 300 times larger than a marine performance area.

How will it work?

A netted enclosure, roughly 100 acres large would serve as a middle ground, offering the whales protection from predators and direct access to human care. The retirement home would give the domesticated animals a chance to live their remaining years in a real ocean environment.

Who’s funding it?

This is completely a philanthropic effort. The Whale Sanctuary Project has raised millions of dollars and will take complete responsibility for the welfare of the animals and maintenance of the facilities.

Watch Anne-Marie’s interview with Charles Vinick to learn more about the project. Visit The Whale Sanctuary Project to donate.

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