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Keep them in the ocean, where they belong.

Help end whale and dolphin captivity by supporting The Strengthening Welfare in Marine Settings (SWIMS)Act that will end the exploitation and mistreatment of orcas, beluga whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales held in captivity for public display.

The SWIMS Act would end the future capture and breeding of these whale species by amending both the US Marine Mammal Protection Act and Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the taking, importation, exportation, and breeding of these whales. The Act provides exemptions for animals being transported to a sanctuary setting or released to the wild.

Scientific studies have provided evidence that these whale species are cognitively, emotionally, and socially complex animals who engage in creative problem solving, intentional communication, show empathy and complex emotions for others, and form lifelong bonds.

Current federal laws allow these whales to be confined in concrete tanks that fail to meet their basic psychological, physical, and social needs.

Despite the overwhelming evidence pointing to their advanced intelligence, these animals continue to be held captive where they are exploited, isolated, and often die prematurely.

Whales are complex beings who suffer in captivity and deserve to live freely in the oceans where they belong.


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