Washington Post: After "Blackfish", SeaWorld hurt financially but keeps up political spending

Colby Itkowitz reports on SeaWorld's political spending.

SeaWorld Entertainment has suffered financially since the release of the 2013 documentary “Blackfish” that accused the theme park of mistreating its main attraction — killer whales.

Still, SeaWorld’s cash hasn’t shielded it from congressional scrutiny. In June, the House passed a bipartisan amendment to an appropriations bill approving $1 million for a scientific study to examine the impact captivity has on marine animals.

“The documentary ‘Blackfish’ spurred a broader public discussion over whether the conditions in which marine mammals, particularly orcas, are held for public display are humane and whether these animals should even be held in captivity,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who co-sponsored the amendment. “I have serious concerns about the psychological and physical harm to orcas and other large marine mammals in captivity.”

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By:  Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
Source: Washington Post