Florida Orca Protection Act
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with a coalition of animal protection, environmental, and marine conservation groups are proposing the Florida Orca Protection Act. The bill would make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for any purpose (grandfathering those already in captivity in Florida as of a date TBD), breed captive orcas into Florida or our of North America, unless provided by federal law or to rehome to sanctuary. Additionally, the bill would require that orcas held for rehabilitation or research purposes be returned to the wild whenever possible.
You can help us make the Florida Orca Protection Act a reality! We are going to need you by our side for the long haul as we work to get this bill introduced and moved through the legislative system. Keep an eye on this page and follow our Facebook page for the latest news on this campaign.
In early May 2017, Florida House of Representatives Member Thad Altman sent a letter to the Chair of the House Subcommittee of Natural Resources & Public Lands, Representative Holly Raschein, requesting a workshop hearing on the Florida Orca Protection Act, a crucial step in passing the bill.
Spread the Word
Social media can be a powerful tool. Use it to encourage Florida residents to spread the word and contact their state representatives in support of the Florida Orca Protection Act. Download share graphics and use our sample language to show your support.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is compiling resources and reference information that can help you rally support for the Florida Orca Protection Act.