“Free Willy” Bill passed in Canada

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    The capture and breeding of cetaceans like whales and dolphins in Canada are now punishable by fines up to $200,000.

    This comes as the country has approved a bill known as “Free Willy”, S-203, which was first proposed in 2015 and is now awaiting symbolic royal approval.

    The bill was heavily supported by animal rights groups, but faced fierce opposition from Conservative senators.

    The new law will contain exceptions for marine mammals who require rehabilitation following an injury or licensed for scientific research, while parks can also keep the animals they currently own.