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Bill that would ban orcas show in SeaWorld stalled




A mother and baby orcas, also called killer whales, swim at Sea World in San Diego.
A mother and baby orcas, also called killer whales, swim at Sea World in San Diego.
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SeaWorld in San Diego can keep its orcas for now. A bill which would ban captive breeding of orcas and shows involving these massive creatures has stalled for the year in the state legislature.

The controversial legislation was sparked by the documentary film "Blackfish," which made the case that killer whales suffered from their treatment at SeaWorld. 

Representatives from SeaWorld counter that the money generated from millions of visitors to the parks helps support the much larger population of orcas in the wild and generates interest in marine life.

Reporter Lisa Halverstadt joins the show to fill us in on how this debate is playing out in San Diego. She's been covering this story for the nonprofit news source Voice of San Diego.