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Sponsor(s): Sen. Greg Ball (R-40) and Asm. Amy Paulin (D-88)

S. 6613/A. 8832 to Prohibit Orcas in Captivity [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill failed to pass before the session ended.

Update (May 5, 2014): S. 6613 was amended on the Senate floor. See the italicized portion of the Bill Description below for more details.

Bill Description:
Prohibits the possession and harboring of killer whales in aquariums and sea parks.

This prohibition does not apply to harboring or possessing an injured killer whale for the purpose of performing emergency care or rehabilitation.

Background:
For more information on why this bill is necessary, read Born Free USA’s blog on the documentary Blackfish, which exposed the deep inhumanity inherent in keeping killer whales captive.

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