SeaWorld making a big post-Blackfish change: no more orca breeding. But I grilled their CEO & found there's a catch: https://t.co/Jl8OQgmgV9— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) March 17, 2016
- 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)
'A defining moment': SeaWorld decides to stop breeding killer whales https://t.co/eXjBJ9zEu0— Pamela Anderson (@pamfoundation) March 17, 2016
YES. Almost there. https://t.co/W2lVO2ZKEW— Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) March 17, 2016
CEO Op-Ed | BBC | Keiko | tweets 1 2 3 4 5 6
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!