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A California lawmaker will introduce a bill on Friday that would make orca shows illegal -- one that is specifically meant to affect the 10 captive orcas at SeaWorld San Diego, the only California facility that has whales. Called the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, the bill would make it illegal to "hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes."
Brought by state Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D–Santa Monica, the law would come with a fine of up to $100,000 and/or six months in a county jail for violators. Bloom called the measure "the most comprehensive protection law for captive orcas in the United States in over 40 years."
"There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes," Bloom said is a statement. "These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete pens for their entire lives. It is time to end the practice of keeping orcas captive for human amusement."