Now, let's talk about SeaWorld for a moment. SeaWorld is a leader in rehabilitating injured sea life and returning them to the wild. They provide invaluable research on animal and habitat preservation and restoration. They have a dedicated, knowledgeable, and well-respected team of veterinarians, scientists, and trainers.
SeaWorld is also a valuable asset and job center for San Diego. To be sure, my bill would require some adjustment of their business model. SeaWorld marketing, dependent on "Shamu" in decades past, is, today, far more diverse. SeaWorld has the chance to change it is current model. In the Voice of San Diego article, Disney executive Ron Logan states that SeaWorld needs to come up with a new star and scale back their killer whale shows.
Changes have already come to the world of the orcas. Right here in Vallejo, California the former Marine World Africa USA, now Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, moved away from their killer whale shows, and the park is doing just fine and weathered the recession without killer whales. Their doors are still open today.