The 24 orcas that are spread out across three theme parks will ultimately be the final generation of killer whales kept in captivity.
The company released a statement saying:
"SeaWorld has been listening and we're changing. Society is changing and we're changing with it. SeaWorld is finding new ways to continue to deliver on our purpose to inspire all our guests to take action to protect wild animals and wild places."
SeaWorld president and CEO Joel Manby addressed the decision in an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, saying the remaining whales would remain in captivity because:
"Most of our orcas were born at SeaWorld, and those that were born in the wild have been in our parks for the majority of their lives. If we release them into the ocean, they will likely die."
This decision is most likely due to the park being pressured by the California Coastal Commission who approved a $100 million expansion at San Diego's SeaWorld location — but only if they stopped their captive breeding program.
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