Marineland in Niagara Falls and the Vancouver Aquarium in the country are the only institutions that host cetaceans, the scientific term for whales, dolphins and porpoises. People who breed or impregnate a cetacean or possess/seek to obtain reproductive materials of cetaceans, including sperm or an embryo, were also included in the bill. There are some limited exceptions.
The law also wouldn't apply to cetaceans being rescued and rehabilitated after an injury, nor does it ban scientific research, provided researchers have the correct license.More news: UK House of Commons rejects bid to rule out no-deal Brexit
Scientists have long supported the movement of animal rights activists, based on the fact that the whale needed the ocean, a huge space, acoustic communication across long distances.
First proposed in 2015, the bill is now awaiting only the symbolic royal approval.
The victory will bring an end to the whale and dolphin captivity at Vancouver's aquarium. Breeding of whales is also prohibited.
Marineland, the other facility that keeps captive cetaceans, has taken a different approach, lobbying against the bill every step of the way.More news: Antitrust Issues Against Big Tech Worth Exploring
Vancouver Aquarium past year announced its decision to no longer contain the whale, and now they have only 1 Dolphin.
Marineland, meanwhile, has told the government it has more than 50 belugas at its facility.
A two-month-regular beluga whale calf swims along with her mother, Qila, at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C., in 2008. But in a statement Monday, Marineland said that its operations have been evolving since its founding in the 1960s and that it would comply with the legislation.More news: Millions of Australians facing exposure to effects of climate change
"Marineland could never be again, if it wanted to start today", said Demers, a longtime critic of Marieland who is engaged in a legal battle with the facility.