+ Bill would ban SeaWorld orca shows
Lawmaker was inspired to act by the documentary “Blackfish.”
SACRAMENTO — A state lawmaker has proposed legislation that would prohibit SeaWorld from using orcas in its San Diego shows, saying he is being driven to act by revelations in the disputed documentary “Blackfish.”
The film, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was later aired by CNN to mass television audiences in October, has drawn worldwide attention to how SeaWorld treats killer whales and alleged trainer safety shortcomings at the parks. The film explores the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at the Orlando, Fla. park, who was pulled into the pool by the orca Tilikum and drowned.
“There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, said in remarks prepared for the bill’s release Friday. These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives.”.
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