Senator Plett is obstructing the passage of a Canadian Senate bill, S-203, that would “prohibit the taking of a cetacean [whales and dolphins] into captivity and … prohibit the import of a cetacean into Canada and the export of a cetacean from Canada.”
Keeping whales and dolphins in captivity is one of the cruelest things that people can inflict on these intelligent, ocean-ranging, social animals. Apart from rescuing and rehabilitating whales and dolphins, there is no ethically defensible reason for capturing and imprisoning them in zoos and marine parks. Yet, Senator Plett—for reasons beyond our comprehension—is siding with zoos, aquariums, and amusement parks that use captive marine mammals to entertain people by trying to quash the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act.
Senator Don Plett must stand aside and let Bill S-203 come to a vote on the Senate floor where it will surely pass.
How do we get Senator Plett to do that?
Senator Don Plett represents Manitoba. His home is in Landmark (population about 1,300). About 30 km southeast of Winnipeg, Landmark is mostly a dormitory community for people working in Winnipeg.
With your financial help and activism, we will implement a highly localized advertising campaign using social media, radio, and print advertising. We’ll ask Winnipeggers to demand that their Senator—Don Plett: senator and owner of the plumbing company Landmark Mechanical—start protecting whales and dolphins by supporting Bill S-203.
We’re confident that Plett’s constituents, neighbors, and friends in Manitoba will not be pleased to learn that their Senator is doing all he can to prolong the suffering and cruelty visited on whales and dolphins. I know first-hand that the people of Winnipeg care deeply about animals. Some years ago they supported with open hearts and tireless activism our successful campaign to stop their municipal pound sending lost pets to research at the University of Manitoba. I know they’ll be appalled to learn what their Senator is up to when it comes to perpetuating whale and dolphin cruelty.
Just so you know, before we run the radio, print, and social media ads, we will show Senator Plett all the elements in our campaign that your financial help made possible. We’ll ask him to reconsider his position. If he does, we won’t run the campaign. In the past, this tactic has resulted in our success ‘without firing a shot.’ If it works with Plett, we’ll use your contribution for the next step: getting the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act through the House of Commons.
How You Can Help
1) Please email Senator Plett, use our contact form below, or, even better, write him a personal letter and mail it postage-free.
Senator Don Plett
The Senate of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4
2) Join us in our “Save the Whales from Senator Plett” advertising campaign. Give today.