SeaWorld ends orca breeding, partners with Humane Society

The theme park has been facing growing criticism over the captivity and treatment of its marine animals, especially its killer whales. Today, it announced historic changes.

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Thursday morning, the theme park announced an end to its orca-breeding program and said it would also phase out its theatrical shows involving the killer whales. SeaWorld has been under growing scrutiny and bad press in the wake of documentary “Blackfish” and other marine-animal activism.

SeaWorld’s social media team shared the announcement on Facebook and Twitter:


Have you seen the big news? SeaWorld has helped make orcas among the world’s most beloved animals. By making this the last generation of orcas in our care and reimagining how guests will experience these beautiful animals, we are fulfilling our ongoing mission of providing visitors with experiences that matter. Learn more about this announcement and how we’re changing here:

Posted by SeaWorld on Thursday, March 17, 2016

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