OTTAWA, August 14, 2017: Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) is pleased with the Government of Canada’s announcement regarding new measures to protect North Atlantic right whales. With only 500 left in the world, and the concerning number recent deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this is an important step to preserve the viability of this species.
Although CAZA commends that the Government of Canada’ measures to slow ships in areas where endangered North Atlantic right whales are known to live, our organization urges the government to continue to ensure that meaningful and permanent protection for this species are in place. More research must also be done to understand other sources of population decline such as fishing gear entanglement, and ocean litter.
CAZA is a private charity representing the leading zoological parks and aquariums in Canada. Our mission is to promote the continuing evolution of Canadian zoos and aquariums as ethical agencies of learning and engagement, conservation, and science. CAZA-member institutions connect over 12 million visitors to nature every year. By helping people establish connections with animals, CAZA members are inspiring visitors to make changes in their daily lives that protect biodiversity and environmental sustainability.
Our accredited member institutions have a moral and professional responsibility for the welfare of the animals in their care. CAZA accreditation is increasingly recognized as the benchmark for quality animal care and welfare in Canada with more and more governments at all levels incorporating the CAZA standards in their animal welfare and management policies and regulations.
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