Congressman Larsen calls for the end of orca captivity

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017 12:00pm
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Congressman Rick Larsen is calling on Congress to end orca whale captivity for good.

Larsen is cosponsoring the Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act, which would not only prohibit captivity of the animal in the United States, but would also prohibit orca breeding, the wild capture of orcas and the import and export of orcas for public display purposes.

The legislation would also phase out the display of orcas, giving orca-holding facilities time to transition.

“Orcas are an iconic and beloved part of Pacific Northwest culture,” Larsen said. “Passing the ORCA Act will ensure future generations of orcas stay where they belong: in the wild, not in captivity.”

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