As explained in a previous post, the House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife is convening to study the conditions faced by trainers working with captive orcas. As part of that investigation they will need to take into consideration whether it is appropriate to keep these animals in tanks, giving a rare opportunity to have these matters heard by Congress.
Contact the chair of the subcommittee :
Email Address: http://www.house.gov/bordallo/contact.shtml
DC Address: The Honorable Madeleine Bordallo
United States House of Representatives
427 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-5301
DC Phone: 202-225-1188
DC Fax: 202-226-0341
WWW Homepage: http://www.house.gov/bordallo/
What I wrote:
I am writing in order to voice my opinion about the situation regarding the safety of orca whale trainers in theme parks. It is my hope that you will take into consideration the inadequate facilities and husbandry practices provided by those corporations, and fix the loopholes in the laws that allow such conditions to occur. The safety of the trainers is linked to the mental health of the animals in their care, and changes need to be made in this area.
My background is in marine mammal behavior as well as in oceanography, it is my opinion that the orcas which were caught in the wild should be returned to their families. The orcas that were bred in captivity should have larger tanks, and the standards should be set by biologists, not by the owners of the theme parks as is now the case. Captive breeding of these animals should be discontinued.
Currently I write a blog for the Seattle Post Intelligencer, and listed below are the posts I have written encouraging people to contact you on this matter.
Thank you for your time.
Candace Calloway Whiting