SeaWorld Makes a Change

SeaWorld agrees to end captive breeding of killer whales

In an agreement with the Humane Society of the United States, SeaWorld pledged to end its orca breeding program earlier this month. The change comes three years after the release of Blackfish, a documentary about the death of a SeaWorld trainer that launched intense scrutiny on SeaWorld’s breeding program and influenced declining attendance numbers. SeaWorld President and CEO Joel Manby said this shift will allow the company to focus more on conservation and the rescue of marine mammals who cannot be returned to the wild. SeaWorld will also begin to cultivate more natural orca environments rather than theatrical routine displays. (NPR, 03.17.16)