For decades, stories of animals in captivity have forced us to question how we can do better. Stories like that of Kiska, Marineland’s lone Orca – called the loneliest Orca in the world – are just one of the many examples of what inhumane captivity looks like. But thanks to the action of Canadian legislators, dedicated animal welfare organizations, and leading zoo’s – there is hope.

On March 22, 2022, Senator Marty Klyne reintroduced the Jane Goodall Act to the Canadian Senate. Originally introduced by Senator Murray Sinclair in 2020, the proposed bill contains new legal protections for captive big cats, bears, wolves, seals, sea lions, walruses, certain monkeys, and dangerous reptiles, such as crocodiles and giant pythons. The bill would also phase out elephant captivity in Canada.

The Jane Goodall Act represents some of the strongest legislation for animal protection in the world and we’re so proud to be a part of it. This bill is a reminder that real change is possible, and we can have an even bigger impact when we work together.

Our founder, Dr. Jane Goodall shared her thoughts on the bill: “Today is an important day for animals. So many of them are in desperate need of our help and the Jane Goodall Act establishes protection and support for animals under human care. It is a monumental step forward for animals, people, and the environment. I am honoured to lend my name to this world-leading legislation that is supported by a wonderful coalition of government, conservationists, animal welfare groups and accredited zoos. Together we can and will provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and put an end to the misery that is wildlife trafficking.”

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