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SeaWorld’s Shamus could be facing extinction if one state lawmaker has his way.
Assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat who represents Malibu and Santa Monica, proposed a bill late this week that would not only bar shows featuring killer whales and captive breeding programs but also have a chilling effect on SeaWorld’s longtime business model.
It essentially puts an expiration date on SeaWorld’s display of killer whales, an approach largely motivated by “Blackfish,” a critical 2013 documentary that panned SeaWorld’s practices. The movie’s director, as well as three opponents of SeaWorld’s treatment of killer whales interviewed in the film, appeared with Bloom at a Friday press conference announcing the bill.