New Bill in Florida Would Officially Ban Orca Shows and Breeding

Animal advocates are applauding the introduction of a major bill that would officially ban orca captivity in Florida.

Public opposition to keeping orcas in captivity continues to grow. Since the film Blackfishmade its debut, many people have learnedtheproblems with keeping orcas in captivity, andhave continued to speak out against the practice.

While we celebrated a major victory when SeaWorld pledged to end captive breeding and theatrical shows, animal advocates want to make sure the company can’t go back on its word.

The Florida Orca Protection Act (HB 1305), which was just introduced by Representative Jared Moskowitz, would ensure that SeaWorld keeps its promise and that no other marine parks can pick up wherethey left off.

Similar to the groundbreaking ban that was enacted in California in 2016, Florida’s bill would ban the use of orcas as performers in theme shows, ban captive breeding and end the import and export of orcas into and out of the state.

While the six orcas SeaWorld currently has in captivity will be grandfathered in, this legislation will ensure they are the last generation to ever suffer in captivity in the state, and it would also extend protection to Lolita, who is being held alone at the Miami Seaquarium.

The bill has already garnered support from animal animal advocates, and organizations including the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).

The Florida Orca Protection Act ensures that SeaWorld is held to its promise to end orca captivity and extends these important protections to other captive-held orcas in Florida, said Colleen Weiler, WDCs Rekos Fellow for Orca Conservation. This is an amazing first step to ending orca captivity in Florida, and we look forward to working with our partners to make sure this bill becomes law.

Not only would it bring about a legal end to orca captivity in two out of three states where they’re currently held in the U.S., it also would send a strong message to other countries.

We can never undo the injustices that captive orcas have been subjected to, but we can certainly create a future where we respect them and protect them in their rightful place in the wild.

Take Action!

You can help by signing and sharing the petition urging lawmakers in the state to support and co-sponsor the Florida Orca Protection Act.

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113 comments

Paulo R
Paulo R18 days ago

great, signed

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Paulo R
Paulo R18 days ago

great, signed

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Daniela M
Daniela M21 days ago

Signed! Hope it happens. TY!

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joan silaco
joan silaco26 days ago

TYFS

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Antje S
Antje S26 days ago

signed - thank you for sharing

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KimJ M
KimJ M27 days ago

tfs

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KimJ M
KimJ M27 days ago

petition signed :)

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Rita Odessa
Rita Odessaabout a month ago

I really have to reread before posting lol

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Rita Odessa
Rita Odessaabout a month ago

We too in Canada!! In Vancouver it was passed this week no more whales no more dolphins, aside from one dolphin who is elderly and has medical issues so the risk of being set free now is not likely a safe bet for her. We too have legislation being proposed to send this horrible tradition. I hope it passes, I hope we can be the generation that can say we helped end it. Freedom to all beings stuck in this crappy places, aquariums and zoo's alive.

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Julie D
Julie Dabout a month ago

Hopefully this bill will pass!

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