Orcas, dolphins and porpoises would remain in the wild under a bill sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island. (TRT: 52) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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There aren’t any orcas, dolphins or porpoises held in captivity for entertainment purposes in Washington State and that’s the way it will stay under a bill sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island.

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island: (TRT: 19 ) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “These species are incredibly intelligent, very social animals that in a given year swim thousands of miles. And, what we have seen in captivity is these animals that swim thousands of miles normally are put in a fish tank the size of the Washington State Senate Floor. And I just think that is totally unacceptable.”

Senate Bill 5666, would make a new misdemeanor punishable by fines or jail time prohibiting any person or entity from holding, capturing or breeding an orca, dolphin, or porpoise for performance or entertainment purposes. It will remain lawful to hold an animal if it needs rescue, rehabilitation, or for research purposes.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.