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Larsen calls on Congress to end orca captivity once and for all

Congressman: ‘Passing the ORCA Act will ensure future generations of orcas stay in the wild, not in captivity’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) is once again cosponsoring the Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act, a bill that aims to end the captivity of orca whales once and for all.

The ORCA Act would permanently end orca captivity across the United States and prohibit orca breeding, the wild capture of orcas, and the import or export of orcas for purposes of public display.

“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.” Larsen has a long record of fighting to protect the environment.

In 2016, President Obama signed the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, authorizing an effort Larsen spearheaded to make the largest-ever investment in Puget Sound restoration as part of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project. In May of last year, Larsen’s bipartisan bill to fund the National Estuary Program – which supports the comprehensive plan for Puget Sound recovery – became law. Larsen also successfully fought to designate San Juan Islands National Monument in 2013 and to protect 106,577 acres of national forest as part of the Wild Sky Wilderness in 2008.


  • Rhonda L Hogan Monday, 06 February 2017 11:21 Comment Link Report

    WHales belong in the ocean, not in a bathtub making money for some greedy person who could care less about the whales. They all need to be freed now

  • rebecca araujo Sunday, 05 February 2017 19:37 Comment Link Report

    THANK YOU!!! Can we help to get this bill passed?

  • Joyce Saturday, 04 February 2017 17:40 Comment Link Report

    These animals do not ever need to be in captivity, exploited for entertainment or breeding. They need to be in their home environment where they can feed, hunt, play a role in social activity with their pod and live long lives.

  • M nobblett Friday, 03 February 2017 05:21 Comment Link Report

    Please please act now !
    Protect them ⯑⯑

  • Karen Hanegan Friday, 03 February 2017 05:01 Comment Link Report

    Thank you for sponsoring this long-needed legislation. The resident orcas of Puget Sound/the Salish Sea have been in need of such a bill for decades, as well as orcas and other cetaceans around the world.

  • Ruth Newnham Thursday, 02 February 2017 22:35 Comment Link Report

    Yes please. These animals need saving. Thankyou for caring.

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