Special Park Board Meeting Highlights
July 26, 28 & 31, 2014

The following information is intended to provide quick highlights of this Special Board meeting. Every attempt has been made to summarize these highlights as accurately as possible; however, the complete and official minutes will be posted on the website.

Meeting Agenda - July 26, 28 & 31, 2014

Special Park Board Meeting

Review of the Practice of Keeping Captive Cetaceans in Stanley Park
On April 28, 2014, the Board requested information on the Vancouver Aquarium and its current practices relating to cetaceans. At a special meeting convened on July 26, the Board received a staff commissioned research report on the Vancouver Aquarium's current practices regarding captive cetaceans and how those practices compared to other aquariums. This report was prepared and presented by Dr. Joseph Gaydos, Chief Scientist and Wildlife Veterinarian, University of California Davis Wildlife Health Centre's SeaDoc Society Program. The Vancouver Aquarium was also invited to present on their programming, education, and rehabilitation work related to cetaceans, as well as on their work with other aquariums. Following these presentations, 133 registered delegations had the opportunity to speak to the Board on the subject. The Board reconvened the special meeting on July 28 to finish hearing from delegations and then reconvened again on July 31 for discussion. The Chair introduced a motion with 4 recommendations PDF, which were approved unanimously. The Special Meeting was then adjourned.

Next Meeting
The next Park Board Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 2099 Beach Avenue with the next Regular Park Board Meeting held immediately following the Committee Meeting that evening.

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