Orca - Killer Whale

In response to the 2013 documentary film ‘Blackfish,’ California Assemblyman Richard Bloom, proposed a bill that would ban keeping killer whales in captivity for the purposes of entertainment.  The ‘Orca Welfare and Safety Act’ would outlaw all SeaWorld-type of shows as well as any captive breeding of the animals.   Image © wikimedia

Blackfish details the life of an orca at SeaWorld that has killed three people while in captivity.  The film documents physical and mental problems of keeping as intelligent and highly social as orcas in aquarium-like conditions.  The problems include shortened life-spans, susceptibility to disease, extreme aggression and difficulty breeding. “These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives,” Bloom said.  “It is time to end the practice of keeping orcas captive for human amusement.”

For more thoughts on keeping Killer Whales in Captivity you can visit: Blackfish: Weighing in on the Killer Whale Controversy at SeaWorld.

And more specifics about the California bill are available at Wired.