"The documentary ‘Blackfish' opened a lot of eyes to the conditions orca whales are often subject to when they are held captive," said Ball. "These are huge, intelligent and majestic creatures and it is an atrocity that they sit captive in oversized tubs. We want to send a message as a state that we will never allow this type of cruelty in New York."
The bill is also seen as a setback for SeaWorld, which is itself embroiled in a legal dispute over its orca whales. A bill proposed earlier this month by California state Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D–Santa Monica, seeks to ban orca performance shows in the state, and require orcas to be retired from performing and, if possible, reintroduced to the wild or transferred to sea pens. The bill has gotten major public attention, and a petition supporting it already has over 1 million signatures.
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