SeaWorld: New Bill May Ban Orca Shows After Shocking ‘Blackfish’ Documentary

Fri, March 7, 2014 1:45pm EST by 16 Comments
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There’s been outrage all over the world ever since CNN premiered their 2013 film ‘Blackfish’ which gave viewers an inside look into the inhumane treatment of orcas at SeaWorld. The moving film has now inspired California assemblyman, Richard Bloom, to propose a bill banning orca shows from theme parks. HollywoodLifers, what do you think?

Baby orcas are ripped from their mother’s sides in the ocean, and then held captive in small bathtubs, while they cry. This is just one of the disturbing scenes in CNN’s Blackfish, which enraged Santa Monica Assemblyman, Richard Bloom, who proposed a bill on March 7, protecting orcas in California. Bloom’s bill will ban orcas from performing in shows, ban captive breeding and prohibit the import and also the export of ‘killer’ whales.

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The film, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, and later aired on CNN, has sparked an international outrage. The film focused on the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed by SeaWorld orca, Tilikum. But the countless interviews by former SeaWorld employees who worked during that time reveal that it wasn’t just an orca acting out of instinct, this was an animal that had been held for years in deplorable conditions at SeaWorld. spoke with PETA who told us the following:

In the 21st century, it’s time to recognize that the orcas and dolphins held captive at SeaWorld do not belong there at all. Their containment in pitiful swimming pools instead of great oceans and in isolation instead of pods condemns our own race’s greed and obliviousness. At SeaWorld and other animal abusement parks, these once-magnificent beings are separated from their families—including babies who are torn from their mothers’ sides—and can swim only in endless circles between concrete walls, the constant stress of confinement driving them to lash out violently in frustration at each other and their human captors. PETA and kind people around the world have called on SeaWorld to retire these deprived orcas to a seaside sanctuary, but the park continues to defend its overt cruelty. This bill has the potential to end the deep injustice of exhibitions of captive marine life.

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“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.”.

This bill, although prohibiting orcas from being a part of shows, would still allow parks to put the whales on exhibit in aquarium-like settings. This bill would apply to parks only in California and hopefully other states would follow in the state’s footsteps.

SeaWorld spokesman David Koontz released a statement which clearly indicates where the theme park stands on the proposed bill.

“While we cannot comment on Assemblyman Bloom’s proposed legislation until we see it, the individuals he has chosen to associate with for today’s press conference are well-known extreme animal rights activists, many of whom regularly campaign against SeaWorld.”

David added that the new claims against the park could just be another in a long line of publicity stuns that PETA routinely engages in to bring bad press to respected institution like SeaWorld.

“Included in the group are some of the same activists that partnered with PETA in bringing the meritless claim that animals in human care should be considered slaves under the 13th amendment of the US Constitution – a clear publicity stunt.  This legislation appears to reflect the same sort of out-of-the-mainstream thinking.”

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But despite the immense amount of money SeaWorld makes, $9.6 million a year, in San Diego alone, it sounds like Richard isn’t the only one who feels this bill must be passed.

“SeaWorld’s reputation of treating its workers poorly dates back to its opening 50 years ago,” California assemblywoman, Lorena Gonzalez, who represents San Diego said. “It’s about time we continue this conversation about job quality and workplace safety at SeaWorld — whether it involves groundskeepers, concession workers or killer whale trainers. Recent evidence suggests its record with orcas isn’t much better. I’m looking forward to having an honest conversation about SeaWorld’s business practices and how they can really be an icon that makes San Diego proud.”

SeaWorld feels that Blackfish was a “manipulated” version of what happens at their parks. In a statement released by SeaWorld they say the film: “employs false and emotionally manipulative sequences. Relies on former SeaWorld employees, most of whom have little experience with killer whales and others who haven’t worked at SeaWorld in nearly 20 years. Relies on animal rights activists masquerading as scientists.”

HollywoodLifers, watch the film on Netflix or an On Demand service, and form your own opinions!

– Chloe Melas

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Posted at 3:15 PM on September 23, 2014  

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sara johnston

Posted at 9:53 AM on March 8, 2014  

no one is interested in this anymore…this is not entertainment but the worst kind of abuse …who would take future generations to watch blatant abuse…only abusers

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Birgit Caminada

Posted at 2:59 PM on March 7, 2014  

Time for CHANGE and JUSTICE ! end the suffering and captivity of these magnificent animals .. rehab !

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Posted at 3:25 PM on March 7, 2014  

I agree, the “native Americans” were NICE too.

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Posted at 2:45 PM on March 7, 2014  

MJ, Dana, Gina, I’m so glad we all agree. Imagine a baby being ripped from their mother for entertainment. They cry like humans. How sad. I wish I could just hug one, but humans should never be near animals from the wild. They bond. Then, humans use them for money. Just let these animals live their lives. They don’t bother us. When they attack, sharks or something, it’s because it’s their nature. Dogs go after cats, cats after mice, mice after bugs………………that’s the way God made life. STOP HURTING OUR ANIMALS! Our grandchildren are never going to see how beautiful life, the ocean, the mountains, space>>>>>>>>>>>>.they’ll never know how beautiful this world is without RADIATION, OIL SPILLS, ect.. It makes me so sad!

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Posted at 2:31 PM on March 7, 2014  

Captivity is going to a job everyday for 30 years and not being recognized for effort, attendance, and innovation. Then in the end being let go for your age. Talent is not nurtured,the best are wasted due to depression and others are awarded by the simple fact that they obey. Everyone is captive. Employment is a prize and unemployment is the final insult to the individual.Sea World has done more positive aspects for their animals than anyone can ever imagine. Sea World has given insight and innovation to Marine conservation and sustained a symbiance like no other. Humans cage things, If you don’t like it, don’t go..and I hope your dog and cat feel the same way.
Erik D. Heeren

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Posted at 2:41 PM on March 7, 2014  

You are IGNORANT! THE POOR WHALES Are so miserable in captivity they live only 25% of their life span! No matter what insight Sea world has provided it doesn’t make up for keeping those whales in jail! Dogs and cats are domesticated animals you moron! Keeping a whale in a fish tank is not equivalent to keeping a domesticated cat in an apartment but nice try!

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Posted at 3:09 PM on March 7, 2014  

I stand corrected, Your right, and thanks for calling me a name. Your Government wants you to live your “lifespan” for 35 more years so as to bilk you for “tax revenue”. So who is captive now? In short, I have 10 years of College, can sew up organs, Brought down CPS and folded the Welfare Law to Work statute in 18 months, Plus I can clinically diagnose “mental illness”. Thanks for your input.

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Posted at 2:44 PM on March 7, 2014  

Oh Eric. You are so misinformed. Seaworld is a for profit institution. Those animals are not in their natural environment and their behavior is not natural. We’ve learn MUCH more about these animals in actual scientific studies in the wild. Please inform yourself. And to mention cats and dogs is disingenuous. Cats and dogs have been domesticated over hundreds of years. They are also not of the same complex intelligence of Orcas. It’s sad that you could even make that comparison.

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Posted at 3:10 PM on March 7, 2014  

E-R-I-K, thanks :)

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Posted at 1:18 PM on March 7, 2014  

Please do not patronize Sea World, circuses, bullfights, etc.,

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Posted at 1:15 PM on March 7, 2014  

Hallelujah! Now lets ban circuses…

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Posted at 11:16 AM on March 7, 2014  

My neighbour is working part time and averaging $9000 a month. I’m a single mum and just got my first paycheck for $6546! I still can’t believe it. I tried it out cause I got really desperate and now I couldn’t be happier. Heres what I do,>>>>>>>>

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Posted at 10:53 AM on March 7, 2014  

Good…and people need to stop going to places like this who exploit animals, including circuses. There are many other forms of entertainment.

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Posted at 1:17 PM on March 7, 2014  

Amen to that!

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Posted at 10:39 AM on March 7, 2014  

They belong in the ocean FREE! PERIOD! If you want your kids to learn about them, go online and watch divers, first hand that take videos. At least they’re in their own home. Who the hell are humans ripping families apart?

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