Florida: Urge Your Legislators to Protect OrcasPosted on March 13, 2017
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is leading a coalition of animal protection, environmental and marine conservation groups proposing Florida legislation that would ensure no additional orcas will be held in captivity in the state.
The Florida Orca Protection Act would grandfather in existing orcas but outlaw the holding of any additional orcas in captivity in Florida. The act would also prohibit breeding captive orcas or transporting them out of state, unless to a seaside sanctuary. It’s a commonsense law that just codifies SeaWorld’s previous commitment to phase out breeding orcas immediately and orca performances by 2019.
This is the first Florida legislative session since the tragic death of Tilikum—featured in the documentary Blackfish—who died at SeaWorld Orlando in January. Don’t let his sad life and lonely death be in vain.
FLORIDA: Urge your state legislators to support the Florida Orca Protection Act
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is committed to using the legal system to free all remaining captive orcas. Until then, we’ve made it easy for you to email your legislators and ask them to support the Florida Orca Protection Act and make it illegal to hold any additional orcas in captivity in Florida.