Steven Greenhut: Legislators Take Aim at SeaWorld Orca Shows


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California Assemblyman Richard Bloom has introduced highly publicized new bill that would ban SeaWorld whale shows. Whatever one thinks about the wisdom or seriousness of Bloom's bill, there's a reasonable discussion to be had about whether these magnificent creatures are being humanely treated in their present tank-sized circumstance. But, writes Steven Greenhut, the first step toward a sensible debate would be to dispense with notions about animals having "rights."