SeaWorld’s worst nightmare: Lawmaker proposes ban on orcas in captivity

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Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes."

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Update: SeaWorld has just cancelled the orca "entertainment" show in the face of public pressure. The move comes just one month after it was barred from breeding whales in captivity by the California Coastal Commission.

With the company in the news again, this is a great opportunity calling on California to end orca cruelty once and for all. Can you tell the State of California to pass the Orca Welfare and Safety Act?


SeaWorld got busted by a US government agency for violating the Animal Abuse Act -- and we may have a rare chance to end its animal cruelty for good.

SeaWorld keeps orca whales in tiny, cage-like tanks -- and the USDA citation reveals conditions at the park are dangerous to the animals' health. SeaWorld is still defending its barbaric practices, but pressure is building on the company.

A Californian Congressmen introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity earlier this year. This could change everything -- but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this Congressman's brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's cruel treatment of orcas any longer.

California: Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to stop SeaWorld's orca cruelty now.

SeaWorld's actions are no surprise to anyone who has watched Blackfish, the documentary exposé showing how SeaWorld forces these intelligent animals to perform tricks for the sake of entertainment and profits. But the Orca Welfare and Safety Act could change all that. The Act makes it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes."

SeaWorld would have you believe that the captivity of whales is about education, but we know better -- it's about profits. Through the years many groups, including SeaWorld's own trainers and staff, have called for an end to this cruel practice.

But with recent scrutiny, the company is under more pressure than ever. After CNN aired the groundbreaking Blackfish documentary, the world now knows that Seaworld still keeps orcas like Tillkum in captivity, taken from the wild at two years old. This is dangerous not just for Tillkum's own health, but for his trainers -- the mental effects of being locked in a 20-by-30 foot dark metal container has seen him implicated in the deaths of three people.

This latest bust by the USDA for violating the Animal Abuse Act is just sign that SeaWorld needs to stop this. Attendance is dwindling at SeaWorld as the world wises up about the cruelty of the business of capturing animals for entertainment. Parents and kids are understanding that forcing intelligent, sensitive animals to live in cages is a cruel, unethical practice. If this law passes, we can stop this practice in California for good.

Sign on to stop SeaWorld from keeping whales captive for profit.


More information:

SeaWorld to end theatrical killer whale show, San Diego Tribune, 9 November 2015
Future Unclear for SeaWorld After Ban on Orca Breeding, NBC San Diego, 9 October 2015
SeaWorld Cited By USDA For Violating Animal Welfare Act, The Dodo, 25 February 2014
Calif. bill proposed to stop orca shows, Politico, 7 March 2014

Update: SeaWorld has just cancelled the orca "entertainment" show in the face of public pressure. The move comes just one month after it was barred from breeding whales in captivity by the California Coastal Commission.

With the company in the news again, this is a great opportunity calling on California to end orca cruelty once and for all. Can you tell the State of California to pass the Orca Welfare and Safety Act?


SeaWorld got busted by a US government agency for violating the Animal Abuse Act -- and we may have a rare chance to end its animal cruelty for good.

SeaWorld keeps orca whales in tiny, cage-like tanks -- and the USDA citation reveals conditions at the park are dangerous to the animals' health. SeaWorld is still defending its barbaric practices, but pressure is building on the company.

A Californian Congressmen introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity earlier this year. This could change everything -- but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this Congressman's brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's cruel treatment of orcas any longer.

California: Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to stop SeaWorld's orca cruelty now.


More information:

SeaWorld to end theatrical killer whale show, San Diego Tribune, 9 November 2015
Future Unclear for SeaWorld After Ban on Orca Breeding, NBC San Diego, 9 October 2015
SeaWorld Cited By USDA For Violating Animal Welfare Act, The Dodo, 25 February 2014
Calif. bill proposed to stop orca shows, Politico, 7 March 2014