Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

blackfish documentaryblackfish documentary

California's 'Blackfish Bill' Put On Hold Until Mid-2015

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

UPDATE 4:11pm EST: PETA President Ingrid Newkirk issued a statement saying: “The writing is on the sea wall. The public has learned how orcas suffer psychologically, succumb to premature deaths, and lash out in frustration and aggression in SeaWorld’s orca pits, and they’ve responded with lower attendance levels, public protests, and legislation. SeaWorld can take the year to figure out how to release the orcas into ocean sanctuaries.”

The original article follows below.

Senate bill AB 2140, which would end the practice of exploiting orcas for entertainment, began its long road to a hopeful victory today; with first discussions of the measure in the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee of the California Legislature in Sacramento.

Nicknamed the “Blackfish Bill” after the documentary that inspired its creation, the measure was created by Democrat Richard Bloom of Santa Monica. Unfortunately for the many animal activists that gathered outside the assembly, the bill was sent back for further study, with mid-2015 the soonest lawmakers could vote on the proposal.

“It’s unfortunate that much of the conversation has been fueled … by fear and invective and misinformation,” Bloom told the AP. “It’s clear that many committee members are simply unprepared to make a decision on the bill.”

According to TheDoDo, while the decision to stall the bill was disappointing, two assembly members, including Chair Anthony Rendon, publicly voiced their support of the measure.

“Yes, I support this bill, for both ethical and philosophical reasons,” Rendon said. “It’s refreshing to hear a conversation focusing on what’s best for orcas — rather than hearing a conversation about the value of these whales in terms of entertainment or the value of a company’s portfolio.”

While that show of support sparks some hopeful positive feelings about next year’s vote, former dolphin trainer-turned-activist Ric O’Barry said in an email to TheDoDo that the delay was ‘troublesome.’

“SeaWorld is tremendously powerful,” he wrote. “And in America the lobbyists lead and the politicians follow. That’s the bad news. The good news is that SeaWorld was finally dragged, kicking and screaming, to the table. And in the process the general public is becoming educated. An educated consumer is SeaWorld’s worst enemy.”

We’ll have more on this developing story as it becomes available.

Related on Ecorazzi:
+Leilani Munter Races for Captive Orcas with ‘Blackfish’ Race Car
+SeaWorld Rejects Invitation to Debate With ‘Blackfish’ Producers

Like us on Facebook:

Beyoncé and Jay-Z sell out veganism for ticket giveaway

Veganism deserves better than constantly being considered something to be bribed, dared or loosely entered into.

Month one of “the year of the vegan”

News outlets are abuzz with the promise of new vegan products, celebs, and services and how that is somehow a fresh affirmation that our world is one turn closer to being fully free from animal use.

What About: “No-Kill” Eggs?

The reason for these advancements is not a sense of justice – because that can only mean going vegan – but is primarily driven by economics.

Vegandale Brewery offers the ultimate vegan night out

This brewpub helps veganism shed its stay-home-and-eat-tofu stereotype.

Don’t blame vegans for the shame you feel about using animals

The shame Carly Lewis claims veganism casts over her is more likely the ghosts of moral uncertainty, spectres that are more likely fish than cows, wondering how morality can possibly be used as ammunition in favour of murder.