On Monday, June 10, a bill was passed in the House of Commons that bans keeping a whale, dolphin or porpoise in captivity. The bill also restricts importing and exporting cetaceans, and bans having them perform for entertainment.\nThis bill, known as the "Free Willy" bill (named after that movie that all made us cry when we were kids - you know the one), was passed almost four years after its introduction.\nThough the bill has been met with some resistance, many are applauding it as a shining example of bi-partisan effort.\nWhat is the bill?\nBill 203, or the "Free Willy" bill, was first introduced by Wilfred Moore in December 2015. It bans the keeping and reproduction of cetaceans, including keeping sperm or an embryo.\nNothing fantastic ever happens in a hurry. But today we celebrate that we have ended the captivity and breeding of whales and dolphins. This is news to splash a fin at. #bills203 #emptythetanks #cdnpoli Thank you everyone. pic.twitter.com/7j49YkEmpy— Humane Canada (@HumaneCanada) June 10, 2019\nOffenders could be fined up to $200 000 for not complying with the bill.\nWhere are there whales and dolphins in captivity in Canada?\nCurrently, two parks keep whales and dolphins in captivity: Marineland, and the Vancouver Aquarium. The latter vowed last year to end its whale program. It currently only has one whale, which they hope to move elsewhere so it can have companionship.\nYouth #Volunteer Alexis spends her Fridays up to her elbows in chilly salt water, teaching kids about intertidal species found in our local waters. Find out how you can too: https://t.co/as9qAb012A #NationalVolunteerWeek pic.twitter.com/g99a3EtrQI— Vancouver Aquarium (@vanaqua) April 12, 2019\nREAD ALSO: Trudeau Confirms Canada Will Ban Single Use Plastics By 2021\nWill Marineland be affected?\nThe bill includes a "grandfather clause," which means that institutions that currently have cetaceans will not be affected. Marineland owns about 61 cetaceans.\nThe park can no longer make their animals perform for entertainment, however.\nFour days until Marineland opens! #OpeningMay20 pic.twitter.com/7newRcC2RP— Marineland Canada (@MarinelandCan) May 16, 2017\nThe park has strongly opposed the bill, disputing the idea that keeping whales and dolphins in captivity constitutes abuse. They also cite the loss of revenue and jobs when the park shuts down as an argument against the bill.\nWith the animals it currently has, Marineland is expected to be in operation for at least 30 more years.\nWhat are some other exceptions?\nThe bill also cites that, if an animal is injured or in need of help, "a person may move a live cetacean from its immediate vicinity."\nIt also excludes scientific research.\nWho supports the bill?\nThe bill is considered to be largely a bipartisan effort. A majority of Liberals and members of the NDP party support the bill. The Green party have been very vocal about their support. It was also championed by a number of animal activists and groups.\n#Breaking: When we work together, good things happen.This is a combined effort from @ElizabethMay, Senators Moore and Sinclaire, key Liberal and NDP MPs, NGOs, marine scientists and everyday people across Canada.#FreeWilly pic.twitter.com/RRPB91tT9y— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) June 10, 2019\nMembers of the Conservative party spoke out in opposition to the bill.\nThe bill has been applauded by many animal activism groups as a move in the right direction. It is unclear how far these impacts will reverberate - if other animals will soon no longer be allowed to stay in captivity.\nRead the full bill here.\nFind out more about Marineland's response to the bill on CBC.\nRead the National Post article about the bill here.