Name: Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act of 2017
Bill Number: HR 1584
There is extensive scientific evidence showing that living in captivity causes psychological and physical harm to orcas, also known as killer whales. Living in tiny tanks, the highly intelligent and social orcas are not able to get the necessary level of exercise or mental stimulation as they would in the oceans where they belong. Although SeaWorld, the largest exhibition venue for orcas in the United States, has ended its orca breeding program, there are other marine mammal parks where orcas would benefit from this legislation.
This bill would prohibit captive orca breeding, wild capture, and the import or export of orcas for the purposes of public display across the United States. This bill is necessary to prevent future generations of orcas from spending their lives in detrimental captivity at any marine park in the U.S.
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Please Support an End to Exploiting Captive Orcas for Entertainment
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to support the Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act. This legislation would prohibit captive orca breeding, wild capture, and the import or export of orcas for the purposes of public display across the United States. The orcas living in and performing at SeaWorld and the Miami Seaquarium would be the last generation to suffer confinement in unnaturally small tanks instead of their natural ocean habitats.While SeaWorld has announced that it will no longer breed orcas and will phase out its orca shows, this bill is still necessary to ensure that no marine park in the U.S. continues to display or breed orcas now or in the future.Orcas are highly intelligent and social creatures and their needs cannot be met in captivity. It is time to stop using these animals for our entertainment and to begin enjoying them in their natural ocean environment. Please give your support to passage of the ORCA Act.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]