"The interesting thing about tipping points is that you never know quite when you're at the top -- you need to keep pushing tenaciously until the momentum is unstoppable," Louie Psihoyos, executive director of Oceanic Preservation Society said in reaction the Congress' push to protect orcas. "The momentum against cetaceans in captivity is now reaching that apex -- when Congress acts quickly and unanimously on anything you know we are about to see the summit of that tipping point. SeaWorld investors should be running from the exits like rats from a ship."
After 20 years of a failure to update regulations on captive marine mammals, a pair of Congressmen have successfully passed an amendment that will force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update their rules that protect captive orcas and other marine mammals on Wednesday.
The amendment, which passed with unanimous bipartisan support, was introduced by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) to the Agriculture Appropriations Act. It will provide $1 million toward an effort that involves studying the effects of captivity on orca whales.