The new SWIMS law will end the capture and farming of whales for public display

The Non-Human Rights Project (NhRP) has successfully developed its first federal legislation to end the taking and farming of whales for public display.

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The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to securing the legal rights of nonhuman animals. The SWIMS Act was introduced by Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), as well as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

“As part of our commitment to advocating in the corridors of power for the freedom of autonomous non-human beings like whales, we are honored to have been able to work with a long-time, passionate advocate for animals like Rep. Schiff on the lead up to this introduction of the bill,” said Courtney Fern, NhRP Director of Government Relations and Campaigns. “We look forward to working with Representative Schiff’s office, the co-sponsors of the SWIMS Act and the strong coalition of organizations that support it to ensure its passage.”

The SWIMS Act would amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and add a ban on taking, importing, or exporting killer whales, beluga whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales for public display. This is unless the animal is transported to a sanctuary or released into the wild. The bill will also modify the Animal Welfare Law and prohibit the breeding of these species for public display in the future.

The bill references scientific evidence of the cognitive, emotional and social complexity of whales. He also talks about the importance of whales having autonomy as individuals.

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