California Lawmaker Plans to Introduce Bill to Phase Out Killer Whale Shows

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SeaWorld has announced plans to end its killer whale show, seen here at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida on March 30, 2011. (Credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Adding to a chorus of critics of SeaWorld’s killer whale shows, a U.S. congressman from Southern California has announced legislation to phase out the display of orcas for entertainment.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said Friday that he plans to introduce a bill to prohibit the breeding of captive orcas, end the capture of wild orcas and stop the import and export of the killer whales.

The bill, if approved, would put an end to shows across the country featuring the marine mammals once the existing whales in captivity die.