For the bill, Assemblymember Bloom reached out to "Blackfish" director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Dr. Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist who worked on the film.
"The Blackfish effect has never been in greater evidence-everything has led to this, the first serious legislative proposal to prohibit the captive display of this highly intelligent and social species," Rose told David Kirby of TakePart. "SeaWorld should join with this effort rather than continue to fight it. They can be on the right side of history."
Kirby also pointed out that using legislation to ban orca shows has been done before:
It is not the first time state lawmakers have tried to outlaw the captivity of killer whales, the world's largest dolphin. South Carolina passed a bill in 1992 against captivity for dolphins and porpoises following efforts by the South Carolina Humane Society to stop a proposed dolphin park in Myrtle Beach. Just last month, New York state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel, introduced a bill to ban orca captivity in that state. Of course, there are no captive orcas in South Carolina or New York, making the California bill far more than a symbolic gesture. At least five countries-India, Croatia, Hungary, Chile, and Costa Rica-have also outlawed all cetacean captivity, while Switzerland has banned captivity for dolphins.