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Thu, Mar 13, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Proposed California Law Would Ban Orcas in Captivity


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Orcas perform at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.
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Orcas perform at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.

Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom has introduced legislation that would outlaw keeping killer whales in captivity for entertainment purposes. Supporters of the bill point to what they call inhumane marine mammal park practices like forced breeding and separation of calves from mothers. Critics of the measure say that captive orcas are not in fact mistreated and serve important educational and research purposes. We take up the debate.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Billy Hurley, past president of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums
  • Dave Phillips, executive director of the Earth Island Institute

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