Rep. Adam Schiff to Introduce Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act
SeaWorld has been blamed for torturing, and drugging pod of interbred orcas, but now, new rule may finally put a ban on keeping orcas in legal captivity. Recently Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that he will introduce the Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act that would free orcas from captivity.
The legislation would completely ban breeding, capturing, and importing of orca whales for the purpose of public exhibition in the US.
Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist who is famous for his work against SeaWorld, said that the chances of success of the bill are very low. “Regardless, it sends a strong message, to the public display industry and the states with captive orcas, that this is a public interest matter, solidly in the mainstream”, she said in an email.
This is not the first time when such a bill has been introduced. Several others bills were proposed in past. Last month, the California Coastal Commission said in a statement that the company could only carry out its planned expansion if stopped breeding orca whales.
Earlier, SeaWorld faced high criticism brought in by the film, ‘Blackfish’, which featured an interview with former orca whale trainers who spoke about disturbing conditions at the park, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
The film was shown on CNN and ignited anger over orca whale captivity. Last June, the company’s new CEO said that releasing the whales to ocean sanctuaries would be a death sentence for the parks.
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