SeaWorld to End Orca Breeding Program and Phase Out Theatrical Shows

- SeaWorld is ending its controversial orca breeding program, and phasing out the theatrical whale shows

- Whales currently at the parks will be the "last generation"

- According to the company the whales would likely die if they are released to the wild

- "For as long as they live, the orcas at SeaWorld will stay in our parks"

- Working with the Humane Society of the United States to develop its new policies

- Peta says SeaWorld should release all its orcas into sea pens or coastal sanctuaries where they can experience "the natural behaviour that they are denied" in the parks

- SeaWorld CEO says that when the park opened in 1964 they were "feared, hated and even hunted," credits SeaWorld with the change of opinion into being a beloved species

- Says that the release of Keiko (whale from Free Willy) was a failure (this is a contested issue, read more here) and using it as reasoning not to release any of the whales currently in captivity

Kate del Castillo called out SeaWorld a couple days ago (with Peta)

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What do you think, ONTD? Are they doing enough? Should they release the orcas who were caught in the wild?

If you haven't seen Blackfish, please do so!