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Statement from AZA on Proposed Legislation to Phase Out Public Display of Killer Whales

Silver Spring, MD – Today, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) announced legislation that would phase out the ability of zoological facilities to publicly display killer whales. In response, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) released the following statement:

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums strongly believes Congress should not be in the business of deciding which animals that facilities properly licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture should or should not be allowed to publicly display. Aquariums and zoos accredited by the AZA exceed standards set by the USDA, and provide the best animal care and welfare possible. In addition, they are required to meet ever rising accreditation standards set by AZA. Each AZA facility takes very seriously the job of assuring all the animals in their care are properly cared for, and that includes responsible and scientifically determined management of their animal populations. It is our hope Representative Schiff will reconsider his approach.

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit

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