SeaWorld’s worst nightmare: Lawmaker proposes ban on orcas in captivity

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Update: There's been a momentous development in the campaign to stop SeaWorld from exploiting orcas -- San Francisco has taken an historic step in protecting these beautiful creatures from SeaWorld's cruelty.

The City Council passed a resolution recognizing that orcas have the right "to be free of captivity, and to remain unrestricted in their natural environment."

Amazing isn't it? San Francisco has definitely thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of California to stop treating orcas like unthinking machines. 

Earlier this year, the California State legislature deferred the Blackfish bill -- a law that would ban SeaWorld from torturing orcas. The bill may be considered next year, and in the meantime we have to drum up support to show legislators there's demand for change. 1.3 million SumOfUs members like you have already spoken out against SeaWorld, but to end orca cruelty in California we need to make sure everyone signs the petition. 

Can you tell the State of California to pass the Orca Welfare and Safety Act? 

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SeaWorld got busted by a US government agency for violating the Animal Abuse Act -- and we may have a rare chance to end its animal cruelty for good.

SeaWorld keeps orca whales in tiny, cage-like tanks -- and the USDA citation reveals conditions at the park are dangerous to the animals' health. SeaWorld is still defending its barbaric practices, but pressure is building on the company.

A Californian Congressmen introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity earlier this year. This could change everything -- but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this Congressman's brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's cruel treatment of orcas any longer.

California: Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to stop SeaWorld's orca cruelty now.

SeaWorld's actions are no surprise to anyone who has watched Blackfish, the documentary exposé showing how SeaWorld forces these intelligent animals to perform tricks for the sake of entertainment and profits. But the Orca Welfare and Safety Act could change all that. The Act makes it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes.” 

SeaWorld would have you believe that the captivity of whales is about education, but we know better -- it’s about profits. Through the years many groups, including SeaWorld's own trainers and staff, have called for an end to this cruel practice. 

But with recent scrutiny, the company is under more pressure than ever. After CNN aired the groundbreaking Blackfish documentary, the world now knows that Seaworld still keeps orcas like Tillkum in captivity, taken from the wild at two years old. This is dangerous not just for Tillkum's own health, but for his trainers -- the mental effects of being locked in a 20-by-30 foot dark metal container has seen him implicated in the deaths of three people.

This latest bust by the USDA for violating the Animal Abuse Act is just sign that SeaWorld needs to stop this. Attendance is dwindling at SeaWorld as the world wises up about the cruelty of the business of capturing animals for entertainment. Parents and kids are understanding that forcing intelligent, sensitive animals to live in cages is a cruel, unethical practice. If this law passes, we can stop this practice in California for good.

Sign on to stop SeaWorld from keeping whales captive for profit. 

 

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More Information:

Watch the video: 1995 VHS Footage Captures Shocking Orca Incident At SeaWorld, The Dodo, 30 October 2014
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, Resolution supporting the free and safe passage of whales and dolphins in San Francisco's coastal waters, San Francisco Bay, and its estuaries, 21 October 2014 
SeaWorld Cited by USDA for Violating Animal Welfare Act, The Dodo, 25 February 2014
Calif. bill proposed to stop orca shows, Politico, 7 March 2014 
Landmark CA Ruling Recognizes Orcas Have Right to Freedom, Ecorazzi, 23 October 2014 

 

Update: There's been a momentous development in the campaign to stop SeaWorld from exploiting orcas -- San Francisco has taken an historic step in protecting these beautiful creatures from SeaWorld's cruelty.

The City Council passed a resolution recognizing that orcas have the right "to be free of captivity, and to remain unrestricted in their natural environment."

Amazing isn't it? San Francisco has definitely thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of California to stop treating orcas like unthinking machines. 

Earlier this year, the California State legislature deferred the Blackfish bill -- a law that would ban SeaWorld from torturing orcas. The bill may be considered next year, and in the meantime we have to drum up support to show legislators there's demand for change. 1.3 million SumOfUs members like you have already spoken out against SeaWorld, but to end orca cruelty in California we need to make sure everyone signs the petition. 

Can you tell the State of California to pass the Orca Welfare and Safety Act? 

Sign the petition to the State of California

Petition Text:


Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes."

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