Good news, captive orcas of SeaWorld San Diego! You get to retire your tap shoes and bowler hats as the theme park you call prison has announced a “less theatrical, more natural” killer whale show will debut this summer.
After years of public outcry and declining attendance over killer whale conditions at SeaWorld, the company’s San Diego facility announced that its final killer whale show will take place on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. There are 11 orcas at the park, ranging in age from 2 to 52 years old.
Tilikum, the famous killer whale sadly best known for being involved in the deaths of three individuals, has died at SeaWorld’s Orlando facility, the company said Friday. He was approximately 36 years old.
Shortly following SeaWorld’s long-awaited announcement on Thursday that it will finally end its absurdly inhumane orca breeding program, the Associated Press interviewed some visitors to the park, who were bummed that “the kids” wouldn’t get to stare at psychologically damaged animals up close anymore.
The good news: SeaWorld announced on Monday that its San Diego park will phase out their killer whale show by 2017. The bad news: those same orcas will continue to perform in a similarly shitty but vigorously re-branded version of the current show, with “experiences that look more natural in the environment.” Oh, word?
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After a long day of speeches, the California Coastal Commission voted to ban captive whale breeding in SeaWorld’s San Diego park, as well as to significantly restrict the movement of whales in and out of the park. These were set as conditions for the approval of SeaWorld’s $100 million habitat expansion, which…
In a call with investors Thursday, SeaWorld Chief Executive Officer Jim Atchison celebrated the company's earnings increase for 2013, but downplayed the decrease in attendance that occurred during that same time period.
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You knew PETA was going to be involved in this somehow, didn't you? Yup — they're suing Sea World, claiming that the parks' orcas are actually slaves. And a judge has agreed to hear the case.
A former SeaWorld employee is alleging that poor safety practices led to a trainer's drowning — but a congressman is coming to the park's defense. How many people have to die before we stop seeing killer whales as entertainment?