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California Bill Ending San Diego SeaWorld Orca Shows Stalls

Above: A killer whale performs at SeaWorld in San Diego on Sept. 16, 2007.

— 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 it's dead for the year.

The bill's author, Democrat Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, 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 fueled 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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Avatar for user 'progressivebuthey'

progressivebuthey | April 8, 2014 at 11:57 a.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

too bad.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 8, 2014 at 1:09 p.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Is this really any surprise to anyone?

With the few good exceptions like Mr. Bloom, the vast majority of politicians favor money over all else, even animal rights.

It's easy for public officials to grandstand and tout how much they care about animals when it comes to things like stopping cock-fighting, but when the mistreatment is being perpetrated by a multi-billion dollar organization of which they all have a hand in the pot, of course they will "stall" it.

The most powerful person in the California State Legislature - Ms. Toni Atkins - someone who has actually done a lot of GOOD for our city and our state - is, sadly, apparently not beyond the grips of SeaWorld's corporate ball and chain.

I sadly doubt it a coincidence that just a few weeks ago Ms. Atkins appeared publicly at a SeaWorld Animal Prison Camp Propaganda Fiesta alongside top corporate SeaWorld Corporate Bosses.

One can only imagine the foul *wink* *wink*, *nod* *nod* assurances that went on behind the scenes at this horrific event.

Sea World Corporate Shill:


"Toni, we pay the city millions of dollars to keep our show here, and we also have millions to endorse political friends. don't let me down"

Ms. Atkins:

"I'm here to celebrate your 50 year anniversary of putting on a whale circus for massive profit and can't comment on pending legislation, it wouldn't be right.

"Now, if you pardon, me I am going to go over and grab a corndog from that food STALL"

SeaWorld Corporate Shill:

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 8, 2014 at 1:13 p.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Apparently KPBS erases text in certain brackets, let me try this again:
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One can only imagine the foul *wink* *wink*, *nod* *nod* assurances that went on behind the scenes at this horrific event.

Sea World Corporate Shill:
[facing Ms. Atkins]
[peers around to make sure nobody is within earshot]
"Toni, we pay the city millions of dollars to keep our show here, and we also have millions to endorse political friends. don't let me down"

Ms. Atkins:
[Leans-in close to his ear]
"I'm here to celebrate your 50 year anniversary of putting on a whale circus for massive profit and can't comment on pending legislation, it wouldn't be right.
[puts her hand on his shoulder]
"Now, if you pardon me I am going to go over and grab a corndog from that food STALL"
[Extremely heavy emphasis on the word "STALL"]
[Toni winks]

SeaWorld Corporate Shill:
[raises eyebrow and thinks for a second]
["stall" references finally registers]
[huge smile erupts]
[winks back, slithers off to count how much money the prison camp pulled-in that day]

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 8, 2014 at 1:18 p.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

By the way, I've never heard of Mr. Bloom before he proposed this bill, but the more I hear about him the more I like about him.

He has introduced another important bill in the State Leg. to ban the tiny beads found in certain products such as cosmetics that scientists have found are terrible for the environment.

We need more people representing us like Mr. Bloom and less like the parasitic toads in San Diego who are simply bought and sold!!!!!

http://articles.latimes.com/2014/feb/13/business/la-fi-california-microbead-ban-20140213

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JeanMarc | April 8, 2014 at 2:06 p.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Hooray!! Common sense has, for once, defeated leftism. I am so glad that children and adults alike will continue to be able to see Shamu and friends up close.

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