SAN DIEGO (CBS Sacramento) – As SeaWorld fights against a California ban on breeding killer whales, there’s a new claim about the mistreatment of animals at its parks.

A former SeaWorld trainer says captive Orcas are showing signs of boredom and depression.

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John Hargrove took video from the San Diego park which, he says, proves the animals are suffering in captivity.

One clip shows a female Orca that Hargrove claims is too depressed to nurse its own offpring.

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He says the baby whale was so desperate to be nursed that it bruised its mother’s belly.

“If you can imagine a crying baby needing something from the mother but the mother’s so depressed she’s incapable of taking care of her calf,” said John.

A SeaWorld statement denies the claims made on the video: “They have confused a fully weaned killer whale with a nursing baby. The video shows Makani, an almost 3-year-old killer whale weighing 2,130 pounds, and his mom Kasatka. Makani is fully weaned and eats about 65 pounds of fish a day.”

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