State Assembly Member Richard Bloom has introduced the "Orca Welfare and Safety Act", a bill that will make orca shows illegal in the state of California. This monumental bill, if passed, will also end the artificial breeding of killer whales and importation of these mammals. Also included in the act is the possibility for rehabilitation and release of the 10 orca currently held in captivity at SeaWorld. If this is not possible the park will have to move their killer whales to sea-pens or face a large penalty.
This crucial bill will be pushed through the legislative process with the help of concerned citizens in California as well as committed animal welfare groups. In order for this to be passed successfully it is important that we encourage Californians to speak to their local representatives about passing and supporting this bill. We are hoping to persuade Toni Atkins, speaker of the assembly, to support the orca safety and welfare act. Show your support for this brilliant bill by signing our petition.
- State Representative
Public awareness of and discontent with orcas in captivity has skyrocketed following David Kirby's book "Death at SeaWorld" and the documentary "Blackfish". After 50 years, it has become apparent that these animals are far too complex to live in a tiny pool. Their living conditions have not only caused danger to themselves (cracked/broken teeth, rake marks of aggression and death by mosquito), but it has also resulted in the death of 4 people.
SeaWorld provided valuable information early on in the captive process, but there has not been any new information released in over a decade that would benefit our understanding of how they operate in the wild. At this point, the risks far outweigh the benefits of holding them hostage for our entertainment.
While SeaWorld's rescue efforts of sea turtles and manatees should be commended, they have never rescued, rehabilitated and released a killer whale. It is time to put an end to orca captivity and give these animals the respect and retirement that they deserve.
Please vote in support of the Orca Welfare and Safety Act.
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