Nearly two years ago, SeaWorld announced it would stop breeding killer whales in its facilities.
Now a new bill introduced in the Florida House of Representatives plans on holding SeaWorld to its word, aiming to statutorily ban the breeding or shows of killer whales throughout the state, following in the footsteps of the California Legislature.
The Florida Orca Protection Act was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs, on the first day of the 2018 legislative session. Moskowitz says his bill was joined by a companion bill in the Senate sponsored by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, but no companion bill was found on the Senate’s website Wednesday evening.
House Bill 1305 would make it illegal, beginning in July 2018, to hold an orca in captivity for entertainment purposes. It goes on to say that any orca located in the state on July 1, 2018, would be allowed to continue …