On Thursday, 38 members of Congress penned a strongly-worded letter to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to the USDA demanding updated regulations for captive marine mammals in the country.
The letter cited the CNN documentary "Blackfish" as a major motivator, saying that it questioned "the feasibility of keeping orcas humanely in captivity due to the enormous physical and psychological impact on orcas kept in confinement and regularly required to perform for the public."
The reaction from animal advocates (and others) was fast and vigorous -- many saw it as a huge win for captive marine mammals. Here are some of the best reactions from around the Internet:
Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of "Blackfish":
What I find amazing is that I didn't receive a single phone call from these folks. 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. Rep. Jared Huffman of California, who signed the letter: