Standing up for Shamu in Santa Monica
Congressman revives local legislator’s bid to end orca shows and captive breeding programs
By Taylor Hill
SeaWorld warned its investors last Thursday that the company’s 2015 profits will be $10 million short of projections. Now the embattled marine theme park could be facing a war in Congress.
At a press conference on Friday in Santa Monica, Rep. Adam Schiff (D- Burbank) announced his plan to introduce the ORCA Act, a bill aimed at ending the public display of captive orcas, stopping captive breeding programs, making artificial insemination illegal, and banning the capture of wild orcas.
If enacted, the bill would essentially phase out all killer whale displays in the United States, making SeaWorld’s staple form of entertainment obsolete.