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California Bill Would Ban SeaWorld

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SACRAMENTO, California - Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, has proposed legislation banning the use of orcas for performance purposes at California aquatic theme parks as a result of details revealed in the movie "Blackfish."

Baby orcas are ripped from their mother’s sides in the ocean, and then held captive in small bathtubs, while they cry. Others are born and raised in captivity, neglected from everything that is natural to them. These are just some of the reasons Bloom wants to ban SeaWorld's cruel shows. Other reasons include human safety concerns. There has been numerous incidences involving human injury or death at SeaWorld from whales kept at the parks.

SeaWorld currently owns a whale that has already killed three people - yet they continue to allow people to do public shows with the animals. In addition, SeaWorld has been cited numerous times for violating the Federal Animal Welfare Act and neglecting animals who become sick.

“There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” Assemblyman Richard said. “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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