Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a great source of political commentary. Since 1975, it has been a finger on the pulse of American society, poking fun at what people are talking about. With comedy as a buffer, people are able to open dialogue about topics that might otherwise be taboo.

This week, SNL took a stab at some animal and environmental issues that have been in the news, lately. Using a skit involving teens in a high school play, they poked fun at the casual destruction of our planet, as well as the cruel and sadistic confinement of SeaWorld’s orca whales. Orca captivity is an especially hot topic right now, following the recent California Coastal Commission’s decision to ban whale breeding at Sea World San Diego, which was followed by the park’s decision to end their killer whale performances, just last week.

With a number of celebrities and films like Blackfish drawing attention to what captivity is really like for these highly intelligent creatures, the public is becoming less interested in seeing these animals perform sadistic tricks. Hopefully, this is a sign that we are finally evolving from the days of the Roman Coliseum, learning that bullying terrified animals is not entertaining.