“The fruit of scientific consensus, the huge public support, and a concerted legislative effort to protect this intelligent and majestic animal”
“The Law on killer whales’ Protection is the result of a scientific consensus, the huge public support, and a concerted legislative effort to protect this intelligent and majestic animal,” said Richard Bloom, a member of the democratic Assembly, behind this great movement to ban reproductive and orca show in California, home to 11 orcas in the San Diego SeaWorld.
SeaWorld does not object to the current version of the bill and announced that it would immediately end its orcas captive breeding program and that would phase out the orca shows in its parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio in 2019, replacing them with fun and educational alternative presentations.
Violators would face fines of up to $ 100,000
The State of California began with last year require stopping the reproduction, transfer, sale and trade of killer whales by providing financial assistance (€ 88 million) to SeaWorld for expansion of the pools where animals evolve.
The difficulties of orcas that live in captivity were unearthed in 2013 in the documentary “Blackfish” that inspired Bloom, author of the law. “I’m delighted,” said Samantha Berg, co-sponsor of the bill and former orca trainer at SeaWorld who appears in Blackfish documentary.
“This bill is historic and sets a precedent for the rest of the country.”
The director of the documentary, Gabriella Cowperthwaite, was speechless at the announcement of the good news.
“I think when the bill was introduced, we secretly thought he was ahead of his time,” she said in an email. “This bill is a witness to our evolution and represents clearly what people want. I think we will cross the finish line this time.”
The breeding of Orcs is practiced in many countries, such as France, Antibes in the south where the Marineland park also has killer whales…