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Parliament: Where attempts to improve animal welfare go to die

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Canada's so-called Free Willy bill was finally passed by Parliament this past week. And finally is the operative word.

Bill S-203, introduced by now-retired Liberal Sen. Wilfred Moore, took four long years from start to finish to clear Parliament — even though it should not have been the slightest bit controversial.

It will ban the importation of whales and dolphins into Canada, as well as breeding them here for the purpose of putting these creatures on display to do tricks for tourists.

That's surely something everyone can agree on. Marineland in Niagara Falls is the only facility in the country that still believes it's OK to keep such intelligent mammals penned up in pools.

If not for some Conservative senators who used every procedural tactic imaginable to stall it in the Upper Chamber for more than three years, the bill would have been quickly........

© Peterborough Examiner