Nov 6, 2015 3:18 PM by News Staff
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California congressman is planning federal legislation that aims to phase out the captivity of killer whales by banning breeding, importing and exporting the animals for public display.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff announced Friday that he plans to introduce the Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act to ensure that orcas now at aquatic parks such as SeaWorld are the last ones and that when they die, none would replace them. The bill also would ban taking any whales from the wild.
Although no orca has been captured in U.S. waters since 1976, Schiff says captive killer whales are bred.
He argues that keeping the animals in captivity does them psychological and physical harm.
SeaWorld says its whales are thriving and the parks foster understanding of the animals.
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