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Support the Florida Orca Protection Act

Orcas need your help! Here's what you can do

Florida Residents – Email Chair Raschein 

IMPORTANT - please sign off on the email with your full name and residential address in Florida

In March of 2016, SeaWorld announced the end of their orca breeding program, making the current generation of orcas the last that will be held at their parks in California, Texas, and Florida. The Florida Orca Protection Act would make certain that SeaWorld follows through on this promise.  This legislation will make it illegal to:

  • Hold orcas in captivity for any purpose (grandfathering those already in captivity in Florida as of July 1, 2017)
  • Breed captive orcas
  • Transport captive orcas out of Florida, unless provided by federal law or to rehome to a seaside sanctuary
  • Require that orcas held for rehabilitation or research purposes be returned to the wild whenever possible; no orca may be used for breeding, performance, or entertainment even if reintroduction to the wild is impossible. 
 
"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."  ~ Animal Legal Defense Fund
 

In early May, 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 this bill.  This workshop is a crucial step in passing the Florida Orca Protection Act.

We need Florida residents to email Chair Raschein to let her know that you support Rep. Altman's request.

Florida Residents – Email Chair Raschein 

IMPORTANT - please sign off on the email with your full name and residential address in Florida

(If you are comfortable using apps on your mobile phone, you may also download the app Stance. Stance will record the appropriate message above, and the app will send it directly to Chair Raschein's phone.)


Orcas in captivity infographic
Orcas in captivity infographic