Bill introduced in California to prohibit using killer whales for entertainment

Another young girl is trying to introduce legislation to outlaw using animals as lucrative entertainment. Like the girl who promoted the state fossil in South Carolina, she is acting far more maturely than her elders, including the lawmakers.

According to yesterday’s Malibu Times, a fifth grader (i.e., about 11 years old)  is trying to stop the use of killer whales as entertainment:

Assembly member Richard Bloom, with the help of Malibu fifth-grader Kirra Kotler, introduced an act into the California State Assembly this week that would end Orca whale captivity for performance or entertainment in California.

Kotler, who came to the public spotlight in December when she and her parents led the protest against Point Dume Elementary’s annual SeaWorld field trip after watching the controversial “Blackfish” documentary, travelled to Sacramento this week with Bloom and her family to present a petition in support of the act on Monday, April 8.

The Orca Welfare and Safety Act, presented to Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, contained 1.2 million signatures from supporters all over California.

Here’s a photo of Bloom and Kirra Kotler in Sacramento (the state capital):


It’s inspiring that someone so young tries so hard to make a difference—and may succeed! Olivia McConnell, who got the mammoth approved as South Carolina’s official state fossil (granted, with a rider that it was created on the sixth day!), was only eight. You don’t have to be of voting age to change your state’s laws.

And I would suggest avoiding any place like SeaWorld that rakes in dough by using large marine mammals as entertainment. In a just universe, the owners of SeaWorld would be kidnapped by Martians and put on display, being forced to balance balls on their noses in order to get food.

h/t: Douglas


  1. Merilee
    Posted April 13, 2014 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Totally coincadinkally, I just this moment finished reading a short story by Jonathan Lethem ( April 7 New Yorker) which takes place at SeaWorld. ( woooooooo, must be some kind of synchronicity -NOT).

    • Posted April 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      (Yes, “an acausal connecting principle” that leads to asignificant results!)

      Heartfelt congrats to Kirra, in case she reads this!

      • Posted April 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

        (*The first sentence above is a wisecrack about Jung’s idea “synchronicity” that Merilee was joking about — not referring to the very significant act of trying to save captured whales!)

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted April 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    There was an episode of Bugs Bunny where Bugs fell asleep fishing and dreamt that a fish was hunting him. As a child, I found this disturbing and it made me empathize with the fish. So, I guess whoever made that cartoon episode sort of thought along the lines of humans being put on display by aliens.

    I also find the silly shows elephants put on as horribly demeaning to them and I’m surprised more don’t rampage.

  3. Posted April 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Kudos to that young lady!

  4. Posted April 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Sadly that bill has been neutered already. In committee it couldn’t get enough votes to pass unless it was turned into a study bill.

    • Posted April 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Sad indeed, but hopefully Kirra represents a growing number among our younger folks who can have an impact on reducing the numbers of animals in captivity.

      • Posted April 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

        Indeed! I hope she takes this setback as the beginning of journey and not the end.

  5. Golkarian
    Posted April 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I think if they have whales that can’t be released into the wild they should keep them. But laws should be introduced to make things better, but entertainment isn’t always mindless. If whales are encouraged to come up with there own tricks (I’ve heard of this but can’t find a link) then I think that is a good alternative to swimming around in circles all day.

    • microraptor
      Posted April 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, SeaWorld doesn’t really do anything like that. And the facilities that they keep orcas in aren’t nearly big enough, either.

  6. rose
    Posted April 13, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah thumbs way up for this little girl.Free Willy and all the whales.

  7. John Scanlon, FCD
    Posted April 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    I was a bit disturbed to hear recently that Sea World had obtained the services of another performing animal recently. So, apparently, was her grandad. It didn’t seem to go well with the ‘eco-warrior’ kind of cred that the family might have easily retained.

  8. Diane G.
    Posted April 13, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    It’s a start toward raising people’s consciousness. It’s damnable that that process is always so slow.

  9. No-name
    Posted April 13, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Ek Boond Ishq Unofficial.

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