My name is Gabriela Cowperthwaite and I am the Director of Blackfish.
I think one of the most powerful things I've watched happen over the course of last year, is discovering that most people were like me. We never gave much thought to performing killer whales at marine parks. We might've enjoyed the shows. We might've experienced a cringe factor, like I did, but it certainly wasn't overwhelming. We thought the animals were happy and the trainers were safe.
Now we know different.
As with everyone who came into this topic with no vested interest in either side winning - independent journalists, students, movie studios and an increasingly informed public - as with everyone who sought science over spectacle, as with everyone who objectively reviewed the body of evidence, Assemblymember Bloom has come to the same conclusion, that we can do so much better.
We hope you agree that this is a tremendous opportunity to envision something new, something dignified, something sustainable and something safe, for killer whales and their human caretakers.