The bill’s author, Democrat Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, agreed on Tuesday during the first committee hearing for AB2140 to revisit his proposal after further study.
He says lawmakers weren’t ready to vote and that the discussion to date has been fueled by fear and misinformation.
Bloom was inspired by the documentary “Blackfish.” The filmmakers argue that captivity and mistreatment of orcas make the animals aggressive and has led to attacks on trainers.
Dozens of animal rights activists packed the hearing room to support the bill, which will not be taken up again until sometime next year.
MORE HBJ HEADLINES
Boeing’s KC-46 program resumes flight tests 3:21 p.m. BobaKhan boldly goes to new Everett location Texan targets ‘crony capitalism’ Ex-Im bank 2:58 p.m. Massive Google test drone crashes during test 2:17 p.m. Airbus A400M crash linked to ‘assembly’ problem 2:32 p.m. Washington farmers are dumping unprofitable apples
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.