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

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Update: There's been a momentous development in the campaign to stop SeaWorld from exploiting orcas -- San Francisco has taken an historic step in protecting these beautiful creatures from imprisonment by torturers like SeaWorld. 

Amazing isn't it? San Francisco has definitely thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of California to stop treating orcas like unthinking machines. 

The California State legislature is currently considering the Blackfish bill, a law that would ban SeaWorld from torturing orcas. 1.3 million SumOfUs members like you have already spoken out against SeaWorld, but to end orca cruelty in California we need to make sure everyone signs the petition. 

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A shocking video has surfaced, showing a captive SeaWorld orca trying to launch herself into the audience. This after SeaWorld was busted by a US government agency for violating the Animal Abuse Act. But we have a rare chance to end its animal cruelty for good.

SeaWorld imprisons 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 -- 1.3 million SumOfUs members from around the world has signed this petition. 

A Californian congressmen introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity earlier this year. This could change everything -- but need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's imprisonment of orcas any longer.

California: Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to stop SeaWorld's imprisonment and torture of whales now.

SeaWorld's actions are no surprise to anyone who has watched Blackfish, the documentary exposé showing how SeaWorld tortures these intelligent animals as they force them 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 the end of the imprisonment of whales.

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 imprisoning whales for profit.

 

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More Information:

Watch the video: 1995 VHS Footage Captures Shocking Orca Incident At SeaWorld, The Dodo, October 30 2014 
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.
Landmark CA Ruling Recognizes Orcas Have Right to Freedom Ecorazzi, 23 October 2014

Update: There's been a momentous development in the campaign to stop SeaWorld from exploiting orcas -- San Francisco has taken an historic step in protecting these beautiful creatures from imprisonment by torturers like SeaWorld. 

Amazing isn't it? San Francisco has definitely thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of California to stop treating orcas like unthinking machines. 

The California State legislature is currently considering the Blackfish bill, a law that would ban SeaWorld from torturing orcas. 1.3 million SumOfUs members like you have already spoken out against SeaWorld, but to end orca cruelty in California we need to make sure everyone signs the petition. 

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A shocking video has surfaced, showing a captive SeaWorld orca trying to launch herself into the audience. This after SeaWorld was busted by a US government agency for violating the Animal Abuse Act. But we have a rare chance to end its animal cruelty for good.

SeaWorld imprisons 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 -- 1.3 million SumOfUs members from around the world has signed this petition. 

A Californian congressmen introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity earlier this year. This could change everything -- but need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's imprisonment of orcas any longer.

California: Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to stop SeaWorld's imprisonment and torture of whales now.

Sign the petition to the State of California

Petition Text:


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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