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The first of its kind in the US, our legislation will take the form of municipal ordinances that recognize and protect the right to liberty of all members of a particular species within a particular jurisdiction—requiring their release to sanctuaries or, if no members of these species are imprisoned there, preventing future generations from being imprisoned and exploited. Having completed the research and planning phase of this work, we’re now building relationships and support at the local and state levels.

We’ve also begun to work with members of Congress to develop federal legislation. We continue to work behind the scenes with elected officials across the US to learn more about their interest in nonhuman rights and, we hope, gain their support.

Legislation we are currently working on

Right to Bodily Liberty for Elephants

United States, California, Ojai
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A photo of orcas swimming in the open ocean near Washingon

SWIMS Act–Strengthening Welfare in Marine Settings Act of 2022

United States
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A photo of dolphins swimming freely in sun-inflected water

Captive Aquatic Mammals; Display; Exhibition; Prohibition

United States, Hawaii
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An act concerning the use of certain animals in traveling animal acts

United States, Connecticut
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A ban on the keeping, restraint, or possession of elephants

United States, New York, New York
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