SeaWorld to end orca breeding programme
After heavy criticism which has escalated over the past few years, SeaWorld has finally made the decision to discontinue its controversial breeding programme. Published today in the Los Angeles Times CEO of SeaWorld Said,
“We are proud of contributing to the evolving understanding of one of the world’s largest marine mammals. Now we need to respond to the attitudinal change that we helped to create — which is why SeaWorld is announcing several historic changes. This year we will end all orca breeding programs — and because SeaWorld hasn’t collected an orca from the wild in almost four decades, this will be the last generation of orcas in SeaWorld’s care. We are also phasing out our theatrical orca whale shows.”
The decision comes after mounted criticism over the last couple of years in the wake of the controversial documentary ‘Blackfish’ released in 2013 which focused on the negative effects of keeping the highly intelligent orcas in captivity.
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