Washington state Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) introduced legislation that would make it a criminal offense, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $100,000 fine, to keep whales, dolphins, and porpoises in aquariums.
Ranker’s bill failed to receive a hearing. It was not the first effort to criminalize the ownership of cetaceans.
“This is about pushing a broader animal rights agenda,” said Jeff Stier, director of the Risk Analysis Division at the National Center for Public Policy Research.
Animal Rights in Court, Legislature
People for the ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other animal activists groups have been working on a broader campaign to end captivity of cetaceans, Stier says.
In 2011, PETA filed suit in federal court in Southern California claiming SeaWorld’s whales were being held in slavery in violation of the 13th Amendment. PETA sought a court-ordered release of the whales “from bondage.” The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey...
A Senate hearing concerning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) sweeping clean power plant rule featured testimony from state officials opposing new carbon-dioxide regulations EPA is expected to finalize in the summer of 2015.
John Eick, director of the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, says it is difficult to respond to the rule without knowing what it will be.
“One of the main challenges in addressing the Clean Power Plan now...
In the previous decade, 29 states and the District of Columbia established mandates known as renewable portfolio standards (RPS) that require utilities to derive a designated percentage of their electricity from renewable sources by a specific date.
Legislators hoped the mandates would reduce their states’ dependence on fossil fuels and reduce energy costs.
In some states the initial enthusiasm for renewable mandates appears to be fading, because renewable energy has failed to deliver the cheap...
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