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Orca Shows Face Ban - 20 Mar 2014 
Images of SeaWorld in San Diego. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end its "Shamu" shows.

The measure was introduced by state Assemblyman Richard Bloom, who told a news conference his interest in the issue was sparked by last year's documentary "Blackfish," dealing with the treatment of killer whales at SeaWorld parks.

The film, which SeaWorld has criticized as a misleading, inaccurate piece of animal rights propaganda, explores circumstances leading to the 2010 death of a top SeaWorld trainer, Dawn Brancheau, who was pulled underwater and drowned by an orca she had worked and performed with in Florida.

Trainers have not been allowed back into the water with killer whales during performances at SeaWorld parks since Brancheau's death.
The film concludes that keeping killer whales penned up in captivity is inherently cruel and that SeaWorld has persisted in the practice because orcas are the primary attraction in its highly lucrative theme park business.
"There is no justification for the continued display of orcas for entertainment purposes," Bloom said in prepared remarks. "These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives."

SeaWorld, which also operates marine parks in Orlando, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas, called Bloom's proposal "severely flawed on multiple levels" and questioned its validity under the U.S. or state constitution.

The company also said the individuals "he has chosen to associate with for today's press conference are well-known extreme animal rights activists, many of whom regularly campaign against SeaWorld and other accredited marine mammal parks and institutions." 
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March 19, 2014 
Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
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Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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March 20, 2014 
A trainer shows the crowd a killer whale during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego,... 
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A trainer shows the crowd a killer whale during a show featuring the whales at the animal theme park... 
A trainer shows the crowd a killer whale during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
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Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATESANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
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Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATESANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
Visitors are greeted by an Orca killer whale as they attend a show featuring the whales during a visit... 
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Visitors are greeted by an Orca killer whale as they attend a show featuring the whales during a visit... 
Visitors are greeted by an Orca killer whale as they attend a show featuring the whales during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
San Diego, UNITED STATES 
Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATESANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
Visitors get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
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Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
Visitors get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
Stuffed animals depicting killer whales and polar bears are shown for sale at the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
San Diego, UNITED STATES 
Stuffed animals depicting killer whales and polar bears are shown for sale at the animal theme park SeaWorld... 
Stuffed animals depicting killer whales and polar bears are shown for sale at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike... 
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Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California 
Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
A walrus is seen underwater at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014... 
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A walrus is seen underwater at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California 
A walrus is seen underwater at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike... 
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Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California 
Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
A shark is seen underwater at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014... 
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A shark is seen underwater at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California 
A shark is seen underwater at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
Visitors enjoy a water ride as they attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March... 
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Visitors enjoy a water ride as they attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California 
Visitors enjoy a water ride as they attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike... 
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Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California 
Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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March 20, 2014 
An Orca killer whale is seen underwater at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March... 
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An Orca killer whale is seen underwater at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California 
An Orca killer whale is seen underwater at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
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