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SeaWorld Is Finally Phasing Out Their Orca Shows! But Was This Their Decision Or The Law Forcing Their Hand..?

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According to an investor's webcast that took place on Monday afternoon, SeaWorld is phasing out their orca shows at their San Diego location after guests responded strongly over the past several years.

Related: Tourist Pays $60,000 To Kill One Of The Biggest Elephants In Zimbabwe

An unnamed park representative, speaking on the webcast for investors, said of the decision to cut back on the park's killer whale shows:

"The main point is we are listening to our guests. We are evolving as a company, we are always changing."

While the park can say they are listening to their guests, this news may actually be in direct response to recent changes of the law in California.

Congressman Adam Schiff recently announced that he's going to introduce

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German Tourist Reportedly Pays $60,000 To Kill One Of The Biggest Elephants Zimbabwe Has Seen In Decades

The elephant was supposedly over 50 years old.

Not another one.

On Friday, wildlife groups in Zimbabwe revealed that a German tourist paid top dollar to kill one of the biggest elephants the nation has seen in years.

According to reports, the hunter shelled out $60,000 to fatally shoot the giant creature, who was believed to be more than 50 years old.

Emmanuel Fundira, chairman of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, said the animal was murdered on October 8 just outside Gonarezhou National Park.

Related: Cecil The Lion's Killer Is Cleared

He explained that, because of the elephant's size, it shouldn't have been gunned down. Rather, he feels it should have been considered a "national treasure," saying it was:

"so huge its tusks were almost hitting the ground while it was standing. We have never seen any animal that big."

He added that humans need to stop being so casual about taking the lives of innocent wildlife:

"We need to discipline ourselves and hold such iconic things sacred."

A spokeswoman for Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority says the hunt was legal only if the proper paperwork was issued, and added that she was not aware of the incident.

Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force chairman Johnny Rodrigues is disgusted by the unnamed tourist's actions, commenting that the country hadn't witnessed an elephant that large in decades:

"The last time one was seen (of such size) was more than 40 years ago. The hunter should not have shot it."

It'll be interesting to see if this sparks the same kind of outrage that Cecil the lion's death did. What do U think, Perezcious readers?

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Peacocks Will Haunt Your Dreams After You Watch Two Of Them Terrorize A Suburban Street & Attack Kids!

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Peacocks are scary as hell, tbh.

There's a new viral video sweeping the Internet showing two peacocks running amok in an otherwise nice, quiet suburban neighborhood. You know, just attacking kids and doing normal peacock things.

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Wait, what?! Attacking kids?! Is that really what peacock's enjoy doing??

Apparently, because ch-ch-check out the video (below) of this pair of wild animals totally chasing down four unsuspecting youths who are just trying to not die by bird beak:

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Cecil The Lion's Killer Is Cleared — Zimbabwe Says Dr. Walter Palmer's Infamous Hunt Was Legal!

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One of the biggest stories of the summer may have finally come to a conclusion.

Walter Palmer, the infamous dentist at the center of the Cecil the lion killing back in Zimbabwe earlier this summer, has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the hunt.

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Zimbabwe's Environmental Minister announced on Monday that Palmer was not doing anything illegal when he killed Cecil, and that the Minnesota dentist's papers were in order before the hunt began.

This comes after Zimbabwe officials had earlier hinted they wanted to potentially extradite Palmer back to the African nation to face charges over the hunt — but now, after being cleared by the government, it would seem a potential extradition obviously won't come.

What do U think — did Zimbabwe make the right call on Palmer? Or does he need to face punishment for killing a well-known lion in the manner he did??

Is This The Last We Will Hear Of Dr. Walter Palmer??

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Steve-O's Going To Jail For That Crazy SeaWorld Crane Stunt — But He's Totally Fine With It! See His Response To The Sentence!

We don't think most people are this cool with being locked up.

Steve-O captured everyone's attention in August when he climbed on top of a construction crane with a giant, inflatable whale.

On Wednesday, the Jackass star shared that he had been sentenced to 30 days in prison for the stunt he pulled, which was all in the name of protesting SeaWorld's alleged animal abuse.

Related: Steve-O Remembers Late Jackass Star On His Birthday

The 41-year-old took to Instagram after getting slapped with jail time. But instead of ranting and raving about being incarcerated, he actually admitted he was pretty cool with it, writing:

"Considering I've become a clean and sober, dog-rescuing vegan, I must say I'm ready to go to jail– not just because it will bring so much attention to the plight of orcas in captivity, but because it's nice to let people know I haven't lost my edge. What can I say, I'm a jackass."

We can't really say we're surprised he's going to be behind bars. He was charged with five different misdemeanors because police mistook his grand gesture for a suicidal man prepared to jump.

But, Steve-O actually seems happy that he's been sentenced, since he feels it gives his demonstration more meaning:

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