Florida moves to ban captive orca shows and breeding

A Florida bill would ban killer whale breeding and shows, seeking to enshrine in law SeaWorld’s move away from orca-based entertainment.

Prompted in part by the release of a documentary alleging mistreatment of orcas at SeaWorld, states that host the popular aquatic theme parks have sought to prohibit captive breeding and orca performances.

SeaWorld responded by announcing it would halt its captive breeding programmes and move towards educational orca features.

After failing on an initial attempt, California passed a law in 2016 that outlawed breeding orcas and holding them in captivity for “display,

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