Target: San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Goal: Praise the decision to outlaw the captivity of whales and dolphins in San Francisco
California took a step in the right direction when San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a resolution that would ban the captivity of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). Thank the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for recognizing that these creatures deserve to be free.
The decision comes at a critical time because of the proposed bill that California introduced earlier this year. The bill, called the Orca Welfare and Safety Act (A.B. 2140), states that cetaceans deserve “…to be free of captivity, and to remain unrestricted in their natural environment.” The bill was introduced by assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), along with two former SeaWorld trainers and the director of Blackfish, which revealed the horrible treatment of orcas at SeaWorld. A.B. 2140 is currently being studied and will hopefully be passed when it comes to a vote in 2015.
The health and safety of cetaceans is an issue that needs to be brought to light, and documentaries such as Blackfish have done a great job of explaining the stress that these animals often endure in captivity. Cetaceans die much sooner than their typical life spans when they are held in captivity, all for the entertainment of humans. The imprisonment of cetaceans for entertainment is wrong, and San Francisco is doing a fantastic job in fighting against this injustice.
Sign the petition below to thank the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for protecting the rights of animals by outlawing the captivity of cetaceans in San Francisco.
Dear San Francisco Board of Supervisors,
I would like to thank you for your hard work in passing this much needed resolution outlawing the captivity of cetaceans. The health and safety of cetaceans is an important matter, and it is about time we recognize the physical and psychological stress the animals are forced to endure when they are held in captivity.
As I am sure you are aware, this decision is particularly important because it helps support the Orca Welfare and Safety Act (A.B. 2140), which will come to a vote in 2015. Please continue to fight for the rights of these animals and create awareness of this issue so that we can help these creatures lead long, happy lives in their natural environment.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: David Blaikie via Flickr
Original petition: Support Ban on Keeping Orcas for Entertainment Purposes