Please Take Action On Bill To Ban Performing Orcas

PAWS supporters are always asking us what they can do to help captive orcas. THIS is what you can do to help, and it needs to happen quickly!


California Assemblyman Richard Bloom has proposed landmark legislation that would ban the captivity of orcas (also known as killer whales) for entertainment. We need your help to get it passed!


The proposed law, AB 2140, would end performance-based entertainment for all orcas in California, captive breeding programs, the export and import of genetic material, and the import and export of orcas within the state. It would also retire all captive orcas to sea pens (if available).


The bill will be heard in the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday, April 8. It must pass in this committee in order to move forward.


The proposal for the orca bill comes in the wake of the documentary, Blackfish, which exposes the suffering caused by keeping these highly intelligent and socially complex animals in grossly inadequate conditions - all for human amusement.


What you can do


If your assembly member is on the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee (see list below), it is critical that you make a call before Tuesday, April 8, to express support for the orca bill. Your message should be brief and to the point:


"I am a constituent of Assemblymember (insert name) and I would like to register my support for AB 2140, the orca bill. I urge the Assemblymember to vote in favor of this important legislation."


The Assemblymember's office will keep a tally of all calls. Reportedly, SeaWorld is circulating an alert asking people to oppose the bill - so each and every call in support of the bill counts!


If you need to identify your Assembly member in order to determine if s/he is on the committee, you can visit


Contact information for Members on Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
(Please note: You can also send a message on-line by using the "contact" links below, however, we strongly encourage you to make a phone call instead, as it will be far more effective and ensures that your support is immediately counted.)

Anthony Rendon (Chair)  Dem - 63 Contact Assembly Member Anthony Rendon
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2136, Sacramento, CA 94249-0063; (916) 319-2063


Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair)  Rep - 05 Contact Assembly Member Frank Bigelow
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 6027, Sacramento, CA 94249-0005; (916) 319-2005


Travis Allen  Rep- 72 Contact Assembly Member Travis Allen
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5126, Sacramento, CA 94249-0072; (916) 319-2072


Raul Bocanegra  Dem - 39 Contact Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4126, Sacramento, CA 94249-0039; (916) 319-2039


Brian Dahle  Rep - 01 Contact Assembly Member Brian Dahle
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249-0001; (916) 319-2001


Paul Fong  Dem - 28Contact Assembly Member Paul Fong
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5016, Sacramento, CA 94249-0028; (916) 319-2028


Jim Frazier  Dem - 11 Contact Assembly Member Jim Frazier
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3091, Sacramento, CA 94249-0011; (916) 319-2011


Beth Gaines  Rep - 06 Contact Assembly Member Beth Gaines
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2130, Sacramento, CA 94249-0006; (916) 319-2006


Mike Gatto  Dem - 43 Contact Assembly Member Mike Gatto
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2114, Sacramento, CA 94249-0043; (916) 319-2043


Jimmy Gomez  Dem -51 Contact Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2176, Sacramento, CA 94249-0051; (916) 319-2051


Lorena Gonzalez  Dem - 80 Contact Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5158, Sacramento, CA 94249-0080; (916) 319-2080


Adam C. Gray  Dem - 21 Contact Assembly Member Adam C. Gray
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 6012, Sacramento, CA 94249-0021; (916) 319-2021


Jim Patterson  Rep - 23 Contact Assembly Member Jim Patterson
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4102, Sacramento, CA 94249-0023; (916) 319-2023


Freddie Rodriguez  Dem - 52 Contact Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2160, Sacramento, CA 94249-0052; (916) 319-2052


Mariko Yamada  Dem - 04 Contact Assembly Member Mariko Yamada
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5160, Sacramento, CA 94249-0004; (916) 319-2004


Thank you for taking action to help stop the suffering of performing animals!


The above information was provided by Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, a campaign under the International Marine Mammal Project at the non-profit Earth Island Institute and the League of Humane Voters-California.


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