SeaWorld announces plan to stop breeding killer whales

SeaWorld announces plan to stop breeding killer whalesSeaWorld 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.

 According to the company’s CEO Joel Manby, the orcas currently in their parks would remain there, as they would likely die if released into the ocean. SeaWorld currently owns 29 such animals. Instead of theatrical shows, SeaWorld also said that it will soon offer orca encounters focussed around issues around conservation, describing them as resembling an “engaging documentary.”

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.

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