California Bill Would Ban Orca Shows
SANTA MONICA, California-- They are SeaWorld celebrities and main attraction, the killer whales, but a California lawmaker is proposing a bill this week to ban the use of orcas in future shows.
The bill is a result of the details released in the controversial documentary, "Blackfish," which focuses on the death of a trainer at SeaWorld, killed in 2010 by an orca, Tilikum, associated with two other deaths.
Currently, there is no law prohibiting the captive display of orcas, but there are federal laws that govern the capture and research use of the whales.
SeaWorld has been quick to strike back against this proposed law with their spokesman on Friday saying, "The premise behind this proposed legislation is severely flawed on multiple levels, and it's validity is highly questionable under United States and California's Constitutions."
If passed, the law would only effect performances at it's San Diego facility, the company would still offer shows in Orlando and San Antonio.
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