Florida Orca Protection Act (HB 1305)
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with a coalition of animal protection, environmental, and marine conservation groups, has proposed the Florida Orca Protection Act. Thanks to Representative Jared Moskowitz, the bill has officially been filed for the 2018 legislative session as HB 1305! HB 1305 would make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for any purpose (grandfathering those already in captivity in Florida as of July 1, 2018), breed captive orcas, and transport captive orcas into Florida or out 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.
Florida’s 2018 legislative session runs from Jan. 9, 2018 to March 9, 2018. There are nearly 3,000 bills up for consideration during this 60-day period and only about 10% make it to the governor’s desk. We need your help to make sure lawmakers know protection for orcas is a priority issue for Floridians! It’s going to be a busy 60 days so please keep an eye on this page and follow our Facebook page and the Florida Orca Protection Act Facebook page for the latest news!
We are continuing our efforts to make Florida one of the first states to pass a revolutionary law to protect orcas—but we need your help to make it happen.
Due to recent developments, we suspect SeaWorld will be working to oppose this bill—regardless of the fact that it would simply codify their promises into law.
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