It concluded by calling on Secretary Vilsack and the USDA to strongly prioritize new regulations concerning tank size, species-specific ambient temperatures, and the impact of swim-with-the-dolphin programs and ambient noise on the animals.
Jeffrey Ventre, a former trainer at SeaWorld who appeared in the film, said he was thrilled at the Congressmen's action.
"We're watching the US captivity industry collapse like Tilikum's dorsal fin," he said.
Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of "Blackfish," told The Dodo that the news was even more remarkable because it was an entirely independent effort.
"What I find amazing is that I didn't receive a single phone call from these folks," she said. "None of us knew this was happening. These legislators conducted their own independent research and came to the same conclusion as we did. This is huge."
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