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PETA wrote to Mattel asking them to get rid of their SeaWorld 'Whale Trainer Barbie,' calling it 'barbaric.'PETA wrote to Mattel asking them to get rid of their SeaWorld 'Whale Trainer Barbie,' calling it 'barbaric.'

Democrat Richard Bloom Remains Dedicated to Orca Bill

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Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, has agreed with the California State Assembly committee to defer legislation that would ban captive orca breeding and shows involving killer whales at San Diego’s SeaWorld theme park. SeaWorld has recently been criticized by activism groups that claim the theme park mistreats and drugs their orcas.

Bloom, who after watching the documentary Blackfish proposed Bill AB2140, tweeted:

Because committee members seemed unprepared to cast a fully informed vote on Bill AB2140, the assembly agreed to have studies conducted over the next year before revisiting the issue in 2015. Bloom said “that allowing more time for you committee members to really dig into the information that is out there and come to your conclusions in a fashion that allows careful consideration is not a bad idea.”

SeaWorld’s orcas have become the focal point of fierce debate, raising questions about basic animal conservation practices, and scientific research. “Science now knows it is not in the best interest of orcas to be held in captivity. They do not thrive and, indeed, they suffer,” said Naomi Rose of the Animal Welfare Institute.

Bloom described orcas as highly intelligent with strong matrilineal bonds. He said prolonged captivity can encourage aggressive behavior, and cause the orcas to have shorter lives than their wild counterparts. Although it may take another year before Bill AB2140 is approved, Bloom is not giving up his crusade to help the orcas.

John Hargrove, a former SeaWorld orca trainer supporting the bill, urged the state assembly committee to “[m]ake this the last generation of killer whales in captivity.”

“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,” said People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) president, Ingrid Newkirk. She recommends that “SeaWorld can take the year to figure out how to release the orcas into ocean sanctuaries.”

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  • J_Biggs

    Recall Richard Bloom

  • J_Biggs

    If this bill passes, both sea world and the San Diego zoo should cease all operations and leave the state of California.

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