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Home » Archives » February 2017 » Larsen Cosponsors The ORCA Act

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02/05/2017: "Larsen Cosponsors The ORCA Act"


ig_Adam_Schiff-001 (44k image)A bill to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to “prohibit the taking, importation, and exportation of Orcas and Orca products for public display, and for other purposes’ has been introduce to the United States Congress by Californian Congressman Adam Schiff (photo left), and Congressman Rick Larsen has joined 30 plus members as a cosponsor of the bill.


The Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act, is a bill that would end the captivity of orca whales within the U.S.

“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.”

The full text of Bill H. R. 4019 follows below”
SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act of 2015”.

SEC. 2. Prohibition on taking, importation, and exportation of Orcas and Orca products for public display.

(a) Prohibition on permits for taking or importation.-Section 104(a) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1374(a)) is amended by inserting “(1)” after “(a)”, and by adding at the end the following:

“(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no permit may be issued under this Act that authorizes the taking or importation of any marine mammal of the species Orcinus orca, or any marine mammal product that consists, or is composed in whole or in part, of such species, for the purpose of public display.”.

(b) Prohibition on exportation for public display.-Section 102(a) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1372(a)) is amended by striking “and” after the semicolon at the end of paragraph (4), by striking the period at the end of paragraph (5) and inserting “; and”, and by adding at the end the following:

“(6) notwithstanding any other provision of law, to export any marine mammal of the species Orcinus orca, or any marine mammal product that consists, or is composed in whole or in part, of such species, for the purpose of public display.”.

SEC. 3. Prohibition on breeding of Orcas.

The Animal Welfare Act is amended by inserting after section 26 (7 U.S.C. 2156) the following new section:
“SEC. 26A. Breeding of Orcas.

“It shall be unlawful for any person to artificially inseminate or breed a marine mammal of the species Orcinus orca for exhibition purposes.”.



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