My name is Marissa and I am 5th grader that would like Florida Senator Marco Rubio to Introduce a Bill that Orca's & Dolphins Are Not to Be Held in Captivity Except for Rescue, Rehab and Sanctuary Reasons.
California was able to get 1.2 million signatures to have the Orcas released. Please help and sign my petition and share with your friends. The letter I sent to him is below.
Thank you for your help! Let's make this world a better place and have God's creatures live in the wild where they belong.
April 17, 2014
Senator Marco Rubio
United States Senator
201 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Dear Senator Rubio:
I am writing to ask you to create a bill that would state that orca whales are not to be held in captivity except in rescue and sanctuary situations. Most marine parks currently teach children that it’s ok to capture and keep healthy animals in captivity for profit. Marine parks need to change their business models to be rescue facilities. They could still continue the theme park piece of their business as well to create a profit to support the rescue part of their business. This bill would allow current marine parks to become rescue facilities and to teach the public about these wonderful animals.
Orca whales swim many miles a day in their own environment, but in captivity they swim in circles like wooden horses on a carousel. Also, whales live in pods, like families where each pod speaks a different language. Imagine coming into a family that speaks a different language, how hard would it be to communicate? There have been situations where marine parks bring a new orca into its facility and the new orca gets attacked by the current whales at the facility because it is not part of their family. Obviously it doesn’t speak their language.
I think that this is an important bill. It will benefit the community by teaching our future generations not to hold animals captive and to leave them in their natural environments. At the same time showing that humans can help rescued animals get the care that they need.
Thank you for your support.
5th Grade Student