Thank you, Senators Ranker and Rolfes, for cetacean legislation!!
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Please sign and share this petition to send a message of support for proposed legislation (Senate Bill 5666) in the State of Washington, which will make it unlawful to hold cetaceans in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes.
Whether one lives in Washington, California, New York, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Virginia, Texas or any other state or country, please show your support for all forward-thinking legislators who have sponsored or will sponsor similar legislation to right the wrong of cetacean captivity.
Many thanks to State Senators Kevin Ranker and Christine Rolfes, who join the ranks of Assemblyman Richard Bloom of California (author #AB2140) and Sen. Greg Ball of New York (author of SB 6613), for their leadership in ending the outdated and unethical practice of holding marine mammals in captivity.
S.B. 5666 reads, in part:
(1) A person or entity is guilty of unlawful cetacean captivity if the person or entity:
(a) Holds a wild-caught or captive-bred cetacean in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes;
(b) Captures or imports into the state a wild-caught or captive-bred cetacean with the intention to use the cetacean for performance or entertainment purposes;
(c) Breeds a cetacean in captivity; or
(d) Imports, exports, or collects semen, other gametes, or embryos of a cetacean for the purpose of artificial insemination.
A public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks is currently scheduled for Thursday, February 5 at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change).
S.B. 5666 should be supported as written, with no retrenchment or compromise to the captivity industry.
For full text of the bill and additional information: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5666
Live broadcast of the hearing: http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwliveplayer&eventID=2015021056
Video of the Penn Cove (WA) Captures, from Emmy Award-winning 1999 special, "Baby Wild Films Presents: The Killer Whale People," hosted by Heart's Nancy Wilson; posted on YouTube by former SeaWorld trainer Dr. Jeffrey Ventre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUlbZifjoqo
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