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Local Lawmaker's Proposed Ban on Performing Orcas Tabled a Year

Twitter photo of an orca whale in captivity.
Twitter photo of an orca whale in captivity.
An state Assembly committee considering a proposed ban on captive orca breeding and shows has been tabled for a year, according to the Sacramento Bee

Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, said he was driven to author the Orca Welfare and Safety Act by allegations of animal abuse made in the documentary Blackfish.

According to the Bee:

Noting the massive interest his bill has attracted and conceding that committee members seemed "unprepared" to cast a fully informed vote, Bloom agreed on Tuesday to hold the bill for an interim study. That process could take more than a year.

Liz Champlain April 09, 2014 at 06:36 PM
Tom Jackson: "There are more then enough laws protecting the killer whales in the wild." No one's talking about "the wild". As to the rest of your rambling screed? Ho hum, zzzzzz.......
trixabelle8 April 11, 2014 at 12:54 AM
I am so sad and dismayed at the majority of these comments. This bill has nothing to do with bleeding heart liberals or Obama or "free loaders" or the NSA. This bill has to do with protecting creatures of great intelligence from unconscionable profiteers. No amount of tax paying can make up for that level of cruelty and neglect. If our society builds itself up on the shoulders of businesses that disrespect life on that scale, we are all the worse off for it and one step closer to our demise. I thought I left the kind of closed minded, ignorant, redneck thinking displayed above behind when I left Texas, but I can see that it is sadly alive and well in my own backyard. Sigh
Tom Jackson April 11, 2014 at 02:49 AM
The real sad news is America is on tract to become a third world country because of our ability to ignore the real life threatening issues and focus on the ridiculous . I care nothing about the claimed mistreatment of the killer whales at sea world simply because some bleeding hearts out there think they are being mistreated. I have gone for decades and have seen how dedicated these trainers and handlers are. Millions of people have been introduced to the wonders of the killer whales through these shows. I see nothing wrong with this. I suggest we work on taking care of the millions of less fortunate humans that can't feed themselves or get a job to support themselves. I don't see the importance of worrying about the fact that the whales dorsal fin leans to one side because of being confined to a tank. Simply unbelievable. This whale issue is dead as far as I am concerned. I heard a funny saying the other night coming out of a liberal Hollywood comedy show on cable. It was let's Nuke the gay whales for Jesus. I think it says it all.
trixabelle8 April 11, 2014 at 05:42 AM
America is on it's way to becoming a third world country, but not because kind people want the world to be a better place. It is because massive corporations are legally treated like people and not held responsible for paying their share of taxes in this country and because selfish ignorant people like you bury their heads in the sand and repeat all the sound bytes they hear on fox news instead of helping to change anything. Get educated and open your mind.
robin April 11, 2014 at 06:31 PM
YOO - HOO ground control to a-hole tom jackson...... It is people like you with your mental state of thinking is the mere reason this world is falling apart and going extinct. I would just LOVE to put you into a small cage and have trainers educate others that pay to see you being poked and prod to perform tricks for food. Let your mental madness begin!!! I would laugh my a>>> off. Let's nuke the a-holes like tom for world peace and survival!!!

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