Target: Assembly member Richard Bloom
Goal: Support bill that will ban the captivity of orcas for entertainment purposes
A bill that was proposed by assembly member Richard Bloom bans the captivity of orca whales for entertainment purposes. With the airing of Blackfish, a documentary that examines the ethics of keeping whales in sea parks, many activists and the general public wish to see these whales back in the wild. If you believe in this concept, sign the petition below so these whales can be set free.
The bill is named AB2140, also called, Marine Animals: Protection of Orcas, has been delayed for a vote until 2015. The California State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife has decided to delay this bill because they wish to see an objective study conducted on the orca whales. If this bill did pass, it would have become the most comprehensive laws to date protecting orca whales.
The bill prohibits keeping orcas captive, so parks like Seaworld San Diego would have to move their 10 killer whales into larger sea pens. It also prohibits the import, export, and breeding of whales. However witnesses to the marine park say that is not a viable option, and more than likely these whales will have to be moved to parks outside of the state. In the hearing room where the announcement was made on the bill, animal activists crowded not only the room, but in lobby areas as well. Many were outraged at its delay.
The bill was made when Bloom was inspired by the documentary Blackfish which investigated the mistreatment and aggressiveness of orca whales in captivity. It depicted orcas drowning their trainers, and being aggressive towards other orca whales in the park. Seaworld denied these allegations, stating that orcas were not too intelligent or too large to be kept in captivity. They stated it would also be detrimental to the park, since many visitors come to the park to see the whale shows.
The bill will be up for vote again in the mid-2015. If you believe that orca whales do not belong in captivity for entertainment purposes, or at all, please sign this petition. These intelligent creatures should not belong in captivity, but out in the ocean in their pods.
Dear Richard Bloom,
First I want to commend you for making this bill towards protecting our orca whales. I am grateful to hear of people in our government who respect and love our animals and our environment. Secondly, I am disappointed to hear that this bill will be delayed until the middle of 2015. I had hoped that enough pressure from our community would spur it into effect.
I am writing to give you my support for this bill, as our orcas do not belong in captivity, or performing tricks for human entertainment. Please continue to fight for this bill, and I will do the same. These majestic creature need protection and I will not hesitate to give it to them.
[Your Name Here]
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