Far From the Deep Blue Sea: the Reality of Canada's Whale and Dolphin Captivity

Rob Laidlaw
Executive Director, Zoocheck

Whales and dolphins are popular, high-profile animals throughout the world. For decades, they have been the foundation on which many aquariums and marine parks were built, including in Canada. But as knowledge of the wide-ranging, deep-diving, highly social, and exceptionally intelligent nature of whales and dolphins has grown, so has the global movement to end their captivity. This session will explore some of the issues surrounding the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity, recent developments in the U.S. and Canada and ideas about how we can move toward a better future for marine mammals.


Rob Laidlaw
 is a Chartered Biologist, Executive Director of wildlife protection charity Zoocheck and an award-winning author of 8 books. For more than 35 years, he has conducted or participated in wildlife protection campaigns from Canada’s north to tropical Asia. He is the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies' Frederic A. McGrand Award.