Update Below lists SeaWorld response:
After 10 News in San Diego ran a story regarding what they described as “Landmark Legislation” titled the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, I contacted several sources. I called the news station, referenced the California lawmakers, and reached out to listed contacts related to the sponsor. The following is a composite of the information I received from them and other credible sources that wish to remain anonymous.
A consortium of some of the biggest names in the anti-captivity movement have been working secretly for months to prepare legislation making it illegal in California to hold captive orcas for performance or entertainment. Additionally the bill will seek to end breeding programs of captive orcas either through natural mating or artificial insemination. The new law would ban any import and export of orcas or their reproductive tissues in or out of the state.
Some of the biggest names in anti-captivity advocacy, including Dr. Naomi Rose, Carol Ray, and John Hargrove will join California State Assembly member Richard Bloom and others in a press conference tomorrow on the Santa Monica Pier at 11:30 to make the announcement.
Dr. Naomi Rose on behalf of the Animal Welfare Institute will co-sponsor the bill.
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UPDATE via the Dodo: SeaWorld has issued a response to the proposed legislation, saying that the bill was brought by “extreme animal rights activists.” The statement reads:
“In addition to being one of the most respected members of the business community, SeaWorld also is a global leader in the zoological and animal welfare world. We are deeply committed to the health and well-being of all of our animals and killer whales are no exception. Our passionate employees are the true animal advocates – the pioneering scientists, researchers, veterinarians, trainers, marine biologists, educators, aquarists, aviculturists and conservationists who for 50 years have cared for the animals at SeaWorld and also saved thousands in the wild that are injured, ill or orphaned. We engage in business practices that are responsible, sustainable and reflective of the balanced values all Americans share.”
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