Did Vancouver Aquarium capitulate to the animal rights industry?

Vancouver Aquarium (VanAqua) announced in January 2018 that it is going to now discontinue the display of cetaceans (whales and dolphins).  This comes after a protracted period of protest from the animal rights industry and the controversial decision by the Vancouver Parks Board to arbitrarily ban the aquarium for keeping cetaceans at the aquarium

It is with a certain amount of irony that only a few years earlier the Park Board had approved the plan for the aquarium building new facility entitled "Canada's Arctic" which were to include new facilities for marine animals including belugas.

However, in 2017 (after pressure from the animal rights industry) the board introduced a by law to ban the display of cetaceans at the aquarium site.