Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Whale Of A Tale

There won't be whales here:
Organizations like radical animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animalts (PETA) had been relentlessly gunning for the SeaWorld Orca shows for years. In 2013, the controversial anti-SeaWorld movie Blackfish preceded a sharp drop in the company’s stock price. Failed Assembly Bill 2140, the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, was also said to have been authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) in response to Blackfish. (SeaWorld has countered many aspects of the Blackfish documentary on its website.) The bill was was later reintroduced as AB2305 earlier this year, then renumbered AB 1453 in August. It was finally passed, along with resources budget trailer bill SB 839, according to the Animal Welfare Institute.

Last October, activists saw victory when the California Coastal Commission made SeaWorld choose between building a new massive habitat expansion for their orcas or continuing to hold the shows in which those same whales perform in at the park. SeaWorld did attempt to fight back against the conditional habitat approval, suing the Coastal Commission in December.

But SeaWorld San Diego finally gave in last November when it announced it would be phasing out the theatrical killer whale shows in 2016. Part of the announcement included news that the shows would be replaced with a new “orca experience” in 2017. In March, SeaWorld added news that it would halt its captive breeding program, according to National Public Radio.
So much for the show...

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