Bill to Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld Will Not Be Reintroduced This Year

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Orca shows at Shamu Stadium have long been the top attraction at SeaWorld San Diego. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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A bill in the California Legislature to ban killer whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego, tabled last year for further study, will not be reintroduced this year.

The bill’s author, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), confirmed Friday that he would not reintroduce the bill while the issue of orcas in captivity was being studied.

Bloom’s bill would have prohibited the use of orcas for “performance or entertainment purposes” and require SeaWorld to return its orcas to the wild “where possible.” Otherwise, the park would have been required to transfer the orcas to a sea pen.

In April, an Assembly committee sent the bill for “interim study.” No date was set for the study to be completed.

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