Whale suffering

Department of Fisheries and Oceans try to re-float beached whales.

“If we can’t find a way to get them back into the water and they are still alive and the chances are very slim, euthanasia is probably the most humane way of taking care of it at that point. It’s not what any of us want. I know that the public would have mixed feelings on this, but what do you do? Do you let an animal suffer indefinitely? Someone at some point has to make a decision,” said Perreault.

More training is in the works for stranding situations, he added.
“Some of the officers have received training, but most have not. It’s not a regular occurrence for us,” he said.

Many officers, however, have received a whale dis-entanglement course.

“We’re going to be taking a greater role when it comes to re-floating whales that have beached themselves or trying to release whales that have gotten tangled in fishing gear.

“The officers care a lot about these animals and we want to do our best to have them survive and get them back in the water. There’s no apathy with regard to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans when it comes to saving these animals,” he said.

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