Santa Monica Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Ban Killer Whale Shows | KTLA 5
Assemblyman Richard Bloom of Santa Monica planned to introduce a bill Friday that would ban killer whales at theme parks, his office said in a statement.
Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, planned to introduce a bill to ban killer whales at theme parks. (Credit: KTLA)
The Orca Welfare and Safety Act would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes,” the statement said.
Bloom, a democrat, revealed he came up with the idea after watching a powerful documentary about killer whales.
The film, “Blackfish,” was released last year and tells the story of a SeaWorld trainer who died in 2010 when she was pulled underwater by a killer whale.
The film argued that orcas at theme parks suffer from boredom and stress. It also raised questions about the way SeaWorld treats the animals.
Assemblyman Bloom’s bill, if it passes, would make it against the law to keep a killer whale in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes.
Assemblyman Richard Bloom represents Santa Monica. (Credit: richardbloom.com)
It would also require that SeaWorld rehabilitate and release its killer whales back into the ocean if possible.
SeaWorld in San Diego currently keeps about 10 orcas in its tanks.
It’s the only theme park in California that has them.
Violating the law would carry a fine of up to 100 thousand dollars and six months in jail.
“These beautiful creatures are much too large and too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete pens for their entire lives,” Assemblyman Bloom said in a statement. “It is time to end the practice of keeping orcas captive for human amusement.”
Bloom planned to hold a news conference in Santa Monica Friday to discuss the bill, along with the people who made the documentary.
Expect SeaWorld to fight back. Theme park representatives have previously said the documentary is based on lies.
I am all for this and I think it is awesome! I watched Blackfish and I have read the book Death at Seaworld and both destroyed the thought of me ever visiting again. I do have one issue though. How come we can get a bill like this to possibly go through but can't ban Puppy mills?