SeaWorld killer whale shows continue

2014-04-09 09:53
Mother killer whale Katsaka and her calf swimming together at SeaWorld San Diego's Shamu Stadium in San Diego. (Mike Aguilera, AP)

Mother killer whale Katsaka and her calf swimming together at SeaWorld San Diego's Shamu Stadium in San Diego. (Mike Aguilera, AP)

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Sacramento - A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out keeping them in captivity has been put on hold, meaning its dead for the year.

The bill's author, Democrat Richard Bloom, agreed on Tuesday during the first committee hearing for AB2140 to revisit his proposal after further study.

He says lawmakers weren't ready to vote and that the discussion to date has been fuelled by fear and misinformation.

Bloom was inspired by the documentary Blackfish. The filmmakers argue that captivity and mistreatment of orcas make the animals aggressive and has led to attacks on trainers.

Dozens of animal rights activists packed the hearing room to support the bill, which will not be taken up again until sometime next year.
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