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Subject: Bill introduced to ban orca captivity! Date: Sun, 09 Mar[masked]:46:13 -0400 From: Animal Protection & Rescue League <[address removed]> To: [address removed]
Great news! California Assemblyman Richard Bloom has introduced legislation that would ban breeding and capture of orcas for entertainment purposes, addressing concerns raised by the hit documentary Blackfish, now available on Netflix.
The assemblymembers representing the San Diego area have had a range of reactions. The most important one to write to is Toni Atkins, as she is the Majority Leader and takes over the gavel as Speaker of the Assembly in June, meaning she will control what legislation reaches the floor.
There is contact info and a link to a contact form on the left side of Majority Leader Atkins' website:
Please send a message along the lines of the following:
Dear Majority Leader Atkins:
Please support the Blackfish Bill to end the practice of keeping captive orcas for entertainment purposes. Orcas are highly intelligent, social animals who should not be forced to live in the equivalent of a bathtub for their entire lives to perform tricks for gawking spectators.
Please also contact assemblymembers Dr. Shirley Weber (contact link on upper right, and other contact info on lower right) and Brian Maienschein to support the bill. They have not stated a position yet. When he served on the San Diego City Council, Mainschein was a supporter of California's 2008 Proposition 2, which bans intensive lifelong confinement of egg laying hens, and he should take a similar position on this bill. Dr. Weber has always been a supporter of social justice and should support this bill as well.
Also please contact Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (contact link on upper right, and other contact info on lower right), and thank her for speaking out in favor of the bill. Assemblywoman Gonzalez's background is as a labor organizer and has seen firsthand the way SeaWorld also abuses its workers.
Finally, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez represents North County of San Diego and has condemned the bill, prefering to prioritize private profits over the public good. Please let Rocky know what you think of his position.
Thank you as always for being a voice for the animals!
Bryan Pease, Esq.
APRL General Counsel
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