Congressman Proposing a Law Which Would Put an End to Orca Captivity
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, a congressman from San Diego, California, made a proposal last Friday for a law that would end the captivity of orcas as we know it. The Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act would ban the use of so-called “killer whales” for entertainment purposes at sites like Sea World and would also ban any capture of whales in the wild. Even though no orcas have been captured in U.S. waters since 1976, the ban would address the breeding of whales already in captivity and would ensures that no whales would replace the current animals in captivity once they die. Schiff says:
“The evidence is very strong that the psychological and physical harm done to these magnificent animals far outweighs any benefits reaped from their display.”
Predictably, Sea World disagrees with the asssertion that violently removing animals from their natural habitat and putting them in the equivalent of a studio apartment for the rest of their lives, being forced to learn cheeky dance routines to entertain crowds of onlookers isn’t such a cruel fate, after all. Jill Kermes, a spokeswoman for SeaWorld Entertainment, says:
“While efforts to phase out whales in human care may strike an emotional chord, SeaWorld and other science-based organizations are part of the solution, not the problem.”
Sure they are, Jill. Let’s hope Congressman Schiff’s proposed law makes it into law, so that no more captive orcas will have to suffer for our entertainment.
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