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

Friday, 7 Mar 2014, 9:43:00 AM

Brenton Garen

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.

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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