Mackinnon's Motion on Cetacean Bylaw
The Park Board considered four options and heard from speakers over the course of two consecutive evenings. The options included:
- Call on City Council to include an assent question (plebiscite) in the 2018 municipal election.
- Accept the Aquarium's February 20th announced plans (bring back belugas from other institutions to the Vancouver Aquarium but discontinue display of belugas by 2029).
- Amend the Parks Control By-laws (including a ban).
- Maintain the status quo.
"THAT the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation directs staff to bring forward for enactment by the Board an amendment to the Parks Control By-law to prohibit the importation and display of live cetaceans in Vancouver parks and report back not later than May 15, 2017."
In 2010, Commissioner Mackinnon moved a motion calling for a plebiscite on the future of cetaceans in captivity in Vancouver Parks in the 2011 Vancouver municipal election. While that motion did not succeed, his latest motion calling for a ban was supported unanimously. After hearing from speakers, one by one, each of the seven commissioners voted in support of the motion.
"Tonight is the culmination of thousands of caring people's work. I stand shoulder to shoulder in pride with them. It was a very good night," said Mackinnon of the outcome of the vote.
Stuart Mackinnon: 778-389-1956
Green Party of Vancouver