The United States theme park operator SeaWorld says its current generation of killer whales will be the last it will care for as it announces it will no longer breed them
Story from NBC News:
SeaWorld says it will slowly phase out killer whale shows at all of its parks by 2019.
It released a video on its Facebook page announcing the changes.
The move comes amid years of increased scrutiny of the theme park after the death of a trainer during a performance.
And the documentary film ‘Blackfish’ was critical of the theme park’s treatment of killer whales.
SeaWorld had already announced plans to drop killer whale shows at its San Diego park after increased regulatory scrutiny in California.
In a statement the company said it’s listening to the public and changing how it educates the public about killer whales.
Seaworld says it can’t release the whales into the wild because they haven’t been trained to compete for food, and would be exposed to diseases and pollution.