No More Shamu: SeaWorld to Stop Breeding Killer Whales

Mar 18, 2016  •  Post A Comment

“SeaWorld said on Thursday it will stop breeding killer whales in captivity, bowing to years of pressure from animal rights activists, but the orcas already at its three parks will continue performing as they live out their remaining years,” reports Reuters.

The story continues, “SeaWorld Entertainment’s decision came after it pledged in November to replace its signature ‘Shamu’ killer whale shows in San Diego with modified presentations of the animals that focused on conservation.”

Adds the article, “SeaWorld faced mounting criticism after the release of the 2013 documentary ‘Blackfish,’ which depicted the captivity and public exhibition of killer whales as inherently cruel. ‘The fact that SeaWorld is doing away with orca breeding marks truly meaningful change,’ said Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of ‘Blackfish.’”




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  1. He also said that while they’re no longer breeding them, the ones they have in captivity for their shows, have a lifespan of more than 40 years. So, I think we’ll have a couple of generations to “chew” on this.

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