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Support the Florida Orca Protection Act

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

Florida Residents – Urge the Florida Senate Preservation and Conservation Committee to sponsor the Florida Orca Protection Act

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. 
In  July of 2017, Kyara, the last orca calf to be born at SeaWorld, died. She was 3 months old.  Tragically, one month later Kyara's grandmother, Kasatka, died. She was also held captive at SeaWorld. 
WDC is working with in partnership with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to educate and encourage Florida Legislators to sponsor this bill. SeaWorld has already outlined the changes they are making - let's hold them to their word and put an end to captivity once and for all.

Let the Florida Senate Preservation and Conservation Committee know you want to them to sponsor the Florida Orca Protection Act. Click here to send them a message! 

"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

Orcas in captivity infographic
Orcas in captivity infographic