A U.S.-based conservation group has chosen a site off the Nova Scotia coast to build a retirement home for entertainers who have brought joy to hundreds of thousands at the expense of their own mental and physical health.
Ladies and gentlemen, those entertainers–beluga or orca whales–will now have a place to live out their days in relative peace–in a place where they belong, not in an aquarium.
The Whale Sanctuary Project wants to provide a home for about eight whales in a 40-hectare inlet southeast of Sherbrooke, N.S. at Port Hilford on the province’s rugged north shore, about 200 kilometres northeast of Halifax.
According to Charles Vinick, director of the non-profit, the project involves–among other things–installing nets to enclose an inlet.
The project still requires provincial and federal permits, but if all goes according to plan, Vinick says the $12 to $15 million project will be up and running by the end of next year.
For some perspective, consider that more than 300 beluga whales and 60 orcas remain captive in aquariums around the world.
And it’s hard to imagine anyone who has fought harder to get them sprung from those aquariums and to try to make sure no future whales will be subjected to the indiginities they face that Camille Labchuk, the executive director of Animal Justice, an Ottawa based animal rights group.
I spoke by phone with Labchuk at her Ottawa office about the project.Listen
With files from CBC, CP, The Guardian, The Weather Network