SeaWorld has announced that its theme parks will stop breeding orcas. The 2013 documentary Blackfish, which chronicled the life of Tilikum, an orca who spent many years at Orlando’s SeaWorld and killed trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, helped turn the tide of public opinion against the large theme parks.
The company also said that it will partner with the Humane Society of the United States to conserve marine life at risk.
“More than 3,000 species are endangered, and hundreds are lost every year. Some scientists predict that, within a century, 50% of large mammals will be extinct…Together, we will work against commercial whaling and seal hunts, shark finning and ocean pollution,” said the company’s CEO.