Join AWI for Orca Welfare Lobby Day on Monday, April 7


At the April 8th hearing for the Orca Welfare and Safety Act (AB 2140), the California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee agreed, at the suggestion of the Chair, to send the bill to “interim study”—a process to allow committee members to obtain more information on the science associated with orcas and captivity. AWI looks forward to being part of this process. The committee is expected to revisit the bill in mid-2015 session.


Help Bring an End to Orca Captivity in California – Photo by Orca Research Trust

Dear California Humanitarian,

Please join AWI for Orca Welfare Lobby Day on April 7 to support the Orca Welfare and Safety Act (AB 2140). This bill will receive its first Assembly committee hearing on Tuesday, April 8, and it is critical that we reach out to Assembly members beforehand to let them know that their constituents oppose captive orca display.

AB 2140, if enacted, will prohibit the captive display of orcas for performance or entertainment purposes in California—holding these whales in tanks is both inhumane and dangerous to orca trainers—and retire those currently held in captivity to a sea pen on the coast. It would also bring an end to captive breeding programs, which perpetuate orca captivity while contributing nothing to conservation science.

To help bring an end to the suffering of California's captive orcas, please attend Orca Welfare Lobby Day on Monday, April 7, in Sacramento, CA. We will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. on the north steps (L Street entrance) of the State Capitol building. You will be provided with informational materials, talking points, and instructions on how best to share your support for AB 2140 with your Assembly member. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm! If you are able to participate, please RSVP here.

If you cannot attend, please call your Assembly member (but not other members) today with a brief, polite message urging them to support AB 2140! Assembly members can also be contacted by letter, fax, or email to let them know that protecting orcas is important to you. To identify your legislators and obtain their contact information, click here (once you click on the link, enter your address and click "Go" to be directed to the state legislators for your district).

Please be sure to share our Dear Humanitarian eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their Assembly members, too. As always, thank you very much for your help!


Susan Millward
Executive Director

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Date Posted: 
Thursday, April 3, 2014