SeaWorld to end Orca Breeding Program

SeaWorld is ending its practice of killer whale breeding following years of controversy over keeping orcas in captivity. 

The company announced Thursday that the breeding program will end immediately. 

The company also announced a new partnership with the Humane Society. 

SeaWorld will also end theatrical shows and introduce “new, inspiring natural orca encounters.”  The new shows will begin next year at the SeaWorld park in San Diego. 

Seaworld President and CEO Joel Manby said in a statement that the company introduced more than 400 million guests to orcas and is proud of its part in contributing to the human understanding of whales. 

He says the company is “reimagining” how guests will encounter the whales while providing visitors to the theme parks with “experiences that matter.” 

Manby says the company may eventually make changes to its dolphin shows as well. 

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