The goal of Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is to put an end to dolphin exploitation and slaughter once and for all. Dolphins are regularly captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit. The Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters in countries around the world, but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation, and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity.
Despite a rise in popular sentiment against marine mammal parks, these parks are still legally allowed to use wild-caught or captive-bred orcas for performance and entertainment purposes.
But in California, Assemblyman Richard Bloom is proposing a bill to end this alleged abuse.
The law, if enacted, would prohibit routinely scheduled public exhibition and any choreographed display or training of orcas, as well as any unprotected contact between humans and orcas.
The legislation would also outlaw the capturing of wild orcas, as well as the breeding or impregnating of those in captivity. Any institution or person in violation of this law would be fined a substantial amount or imprisoned.
Orcas that have been held for rehabilitation, saved from stranding, or used for research purposes are exempt. If and when it is determined that they are healthy, they will be returned to the wild. In cases where that is not possible they will be held in sea pens open to the public but not used for entertainment purposes.
Assemblyman Bloom is proposing groundbreaking legislation. Send a message of support to let him know you stand with this new law.
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To: Assemblyman Richard Bloom
Your law to ban orcas from performing in California water parks is inspiring. Together we can end this brutal practice once and for all!
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