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Assemblymember Richard Bloom will today unveil a landmark Orca Welfare and Safety Act that takes aim at Sea World San Diego's Shamu show.
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Assemblymember Richard Bloom will today unveil a landmark Orca Welfare and Safety Act that takes aim at Sea World San Diego's Shamu show.

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Assemblyman Bloom To Sea World San Diego: Release 10 Orcas Back Into The Ocean

Assemblymember Richard Bloom represents Santa Monica in the state's 50th District.
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Assemblymember Richard Bloom represents Santa Monica in the state's 50th District.

Posted Mar. 7, 2014, 9:43 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (Dem-50th District) will speak about his proposed legislation that would effectively end Shamu shows at Sea World San Diego and force the theme park to release its 10 orcas back into the ocean.

Bloom will speak about his proposed “Landmark Orca Welfare & Safety Act” at 11:30 am today on the Santa Monica Pier.

He will be joined by “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, two former Sea World orca trainers, and Naomi Rose, Ph.D., a Marine Mammal Scientist from the Animal Welfare Institute.

Bloom’s legislation calls for comprehensive improvements to orca protection laws in California.

"These beautiful creatures are much too large and too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete pens for their entire lives,” Bloom said in a statement. “It is time to end the practice of keeping orcas captive for human amusement.”

The original Shamu show began at Sea World San Diego in the 1960s.

Bloom was inspired by “Blackfish,” a documentary that tells the story of a Sea World trainer who died in 2010 when she was grabbed and pulled under water by a killer whale. The documentary claims orcas at theme parks suffer from boredom, stress, and possibly psychosis.

Bloom’s bill, if it were to pass, would make it against the law to keep a killer whale in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes. It would also require that Sea World San Diego release its 10 killer whales back to the ocean.

Sea World has previously defended itself saying that letting people see the killer whales up close is educational and helps with conservation.

Bloom's 50th Assembly District comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.

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Mar. 7, 2014, 10:41:06 am

Tom Rodriguez said...

Nothing like jumping the hark in your first term. Forget immigration, joblessness, homelessness, or the drought - let's save some whales! So much for high hopes on the hometown hero.

Mar. 7, 2014, 10:15:51 am

Helene Blitz said...

If there is anything I can do in support of this as an individual, please let me know. I'm appalled at some people's reasoning for allowing this to continue.

Mar. 7, 2014, 10:24:17 am

Bruce Evans said...

Leave it to the Latte Liberal crowd. I feel badly for the orcas but Mr. Bloom's priorities seem directed toward popularity and profile as opposed to practicality. There are many issues affecting people that need attention first. But in his district, I guess it makes sense - Hollywood Hype always trumps real world concerns.

Mar. 7, 2014, 10:43:27 am

Kathleen Lang said...

Thank you for your voice and all you're doing to end captivity. These Animals suffer so badly under the hands of humans. Thank you, thank you.

Mar. 7, 2014, 10:54:42 am

Marcie said...

This is fantastic and I wish my own government leaders would follow suit! These creatures are highly intelligent and do not deserve to suffer for our entertainment! Way to go!

Mar. 7, 2014, 11:28:38 am

sue harrington said...

Thank you for this.... it is the first step....I hope it catches on!

Mar. 7, 2014, 1:47:28 pm

Teresa Wagner said...

Thank you for this pioneering work to begin the end of kidnapping, captivity and slavery of whales. Bless you!

Mar. 7, 2014, 4:02:49 pm

Captive whales don't have life skills said...

Wanna take any bets that if Sea World does release those captive Orcas, they'll die in a week from starvation?

Mar. 7, 2014, 4:04:00 pm

Late Bloomer said...

I'm all for helping nature but don't we have some important human business to attend to?? Hello?

Mar. 7, 2014, 5:47:16 pm

L. Warren said...

Thank you to Legislator Bloom for his courage and insight. I too will do anything I can to ensure the passage of this legislation. Sea World is wrong: Keeping orcas in captivity does NOT help conservation for it distorts the human view of these magnificent creatures and how they best survive.

Mar. 7, 2014, 9:25:08 pm

Romayne Westwood said...

Let them go back To the wild where they belong. No way these large marine animals should be kept captive

Mar. 7, 2014, 9:29:02 pm

william miller said...

this is AMAZING NEWS!!!! thank god!!!

Mar. 7, 2014, 10:11:32 pm

terry kokas said...

I saw blacklist and an animal lover in general. However I kinda agree with one of the other posts. Can they survive after the years in captivity? Perhaps a sectioned off portion of bay to hone the pods hunting skills

Mar. 7, 2014, 10:13:45 pm

terry kokas said...

I saw blacklist and an animal lover in general. However I kinda agree with one of the other posts. Can they survive after the years in captivity? Perhaps a sectioned off portion of bay to hone the pods hunting skills. Also I think they may be bullied by the other orcas

Mar. 7, 2014, 10:29:53 pm

Nicole said...

He has my support. There are plenty of ridiculious comments here. This is clearly not the only issue on his plate. This is one of many.... It's called multi-tasking!

Mar. 7, 2014, 10:35:05 pm

Max said...

Nah, he's just pandering and to use a sea metaphor - you all bought it hook, line and sinker!

Mar. 7, 2014, 10:41:05 pm

Mari Perz said...

I think Mr. Bloom is setting the best example as a person who speaks not only for people's rights but for the rights of these beautiful creatures who deserve to be free. To those who are leaving negative comments about what this gentleman is doing, I say to you ..you have your freedom so let him fight for theirs and keep your negative comments to yourself . Excuse me but perhaps sending people who are against this to live in a bath tub for a few years and taking them from their loved ones would allow them to open their eyes and support this cause !

Mar. 7, 2014, 11:05:55 pm

Vetina Thompson said...

This tickles me beyond belief. These animals deserve to live a free life just like you and I. Although I'm afraid that they are damaged from years of captivity, I believe with a little bit of time, they will quickly adjust to their habitat in the wild. I hope that this act will set the standards nationwide.

Mar. 8, 2014, 12:32:30 am

Susie Crayfourd said...

Finally someone who has the power to put a stop to this barbaric outdated practice does something about it! Thank you Mr Bloom - you are an absolute gem!

Mar. 8, 2014, 3:16:06 am

nori said...

This is truly an incredible step for humanity! For all those comments about captive orcas having no skills to survive, before you are so negative read the articles properly and do your research, this campaign is supported by a range of professionals like Dr Naomi Campbell, if they will be released it will only be through a carefully planned rehabilitation project, the first step being placing the orcas in sea pens where they will for the first time in their lives be able to experience living in a natural environment, these seapens will be open to the public, but the orcas will not be required to perform circus tricks, and for all you people complaining that the poor humans need help, not whales....there was one great man you might have heard of him, called Mahatma Ghandi he said ''the greatness of a people and a nation can be judged by the treatment of their animals'' everywhere in the world there is homelessness, crime,no jobs etc..I would ask you to try to think bigger and understand that this is humanity taking another step in the right direction towards a heightened compassionate way of thinking, which is totally connected to all the issues and problems we have today in society. Nori

Mar. 8, 2014, 4:21:01 am

Tracye said...

For the naysayers saying that he has "more important things" to attend to- freeing innocent, sentient beings from a life in prison sounds like an awesome way to start off your tenure. If you cannot respect the rest of our fellow earthlings, how can you respect other human beings? I hope and pray this bill passes, and spreads to Texas and Florida so that these cetaceans, and hopefully their dolphin cousins can finally live out the rest of their lives in freedom. Kudos, assemblyman Bloom!

Mar. 8, 2014, 8:05:28 am

Tami said...

Well said @ Mary Perez

Mar. 8, 2014, 9:34:18 am

Wayne said...

Free Willy

Mar. 8, 2014, 9:45:25 am

Chris Harris said...

Thank you so much on behalf of these poor captured souls! You are an angel for them. They need to be released immediately. This is a most important issue...empty those tanks. Plus the Wales can stop eating horrible frozen dead fish they get for doing stupid tricks to entertain people and frolic the sea with their own kind.

Mar. 8, 2014, 9:48:17 am

aya c peard media said...

@Nori and @Tracye, beautifully said. If we cannot protect the lives and intelligence of creatures that, according to neurologists, have more complex emotional bonding and processing than humans, it is impossible that we will respect the same needs for community, safety and well-being in ANY POPULATION, including human. This is a phenomenal step towards awakening respect for our environment and the fauna and flora in it which is as important and "real-world" an issue as it gets

Mar. 8, 2014, 10:53:55 am

Callie Abbey said...

Finally a politician with an agenda that includes humanity.... Thank you! Bloom for President!!

Mar. 8, 2014, 2:45:46 pm

Chanda Schultz said...

Thank you for making this one of your first issues to change ..it's important and it gives me hope that Assemblyman Bloom is willing to take on the hard stuff.. I'm sure he has a long list of goals and so happy to read the whales are on it ..you have my support

Mar. 8, 2014, 3:10:27 pm

Kahuna said...

It is appropriate to show the power of film and create a result that affects animals and positive movement around the world not treading water with and wasting time on same problems like homeless in Hollywood...and price of Bagels or gay weddings for a few self centered Locals who need take on those problems themselves not just criticize one who uses his power to force Seaworld to change for good of nature

Mar. 9, 2014, 3:46:14 am

julianne musick said...

Thank you for lending a voice to creatures who are family oriented and intelligent.They are smart enough to make it in the wild just fine.

Mar. 10, 2014, 7:04:56 am

Lorraine Holdinski said...

Thank you for your voice and all you're doing to end captivity. It is long over due. These Animals suffer so badly under the hands of humans. Thank you, thank you.

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