The Aquatic Animal Alliance (AAA) – of which OIPA is a member association – is thrilled to announce that Bill HB 1153 – Prohibiting Octopus Farming introduced in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in the State of Washington in the United States, has passed the first committee vote with overwhelming support from policymakers and members of the public across the globe. The Bill received 9 yes votes and 2 nays from the committee members. The bill moved forward to be voted on by the committee, after a public hearing that received 657 PRO and 55 CON votes from the public. After the hearing, AAA sent a letter, which was signed by 114 organizations, to make sure the committee became aware of the importance of this issue, and how they could be leaders in the world by banning these farms preemptively (read the letter – Vote in favor of Bill HB 1153_Prohibiting octopus farming)

Even though more steps are required before the bill becomes law, this is a historic moment for the movement to #BanOctopusFarming. During the voting session, policymakers spoke about octopus sentience and intelligence, and this bill being a great opportunity to protect this incredible species. It was also mentioned that this was one of the bills they have worked on where they received more comments from the public, so let’s keep speaking up for octopuses!

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2024 – The legislative proposal HB 1153 seeking to prohibit octopus farming in Washington State, has achieved a significant milestone by successfully passing the House Floor. This accomplishment is underscored by a robust bipartisan endorsement, with a vote count of 70 yeas, 27 nays, and 1 excused. Several NGOs has actively supported this cause by submitting multiple letters to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee last year, as well as the House Rules Committee this year. As a result, the bill is poised to advance to the Senate,

Octopus farming is unethical and poses significant concerns regarding animal welfare violations, further environmental degradation, and threats to public health.

Thanks to Aquatic Life Institute and all those who keep supporting our joint fight for octopus.

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