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SeaWorld ending San Diego Orca Show

SeaWorld ending San Diego Orca Show

“SeaWorld’s announcement today that it will end its infamous orca show in San Diego is an important first step for the company; performances using orcas and other marine mammals are highly cruel and contrary to these animals’ natural behaviors. However, we urge SeaWorld to phase out the captivity and breeding of marine mammals completely at all of its venues and to contribute to genuine ocean sanctuaries. As SeaWorld has acknowledged today, the welfare of marine animals is increasingly crucial to the consumer tourist public, which does not want to see wildlife exploited for entertainment. The experience of captive marine mammals is a far cry from their natural lives in the wild, causing extreme suffering and stress for these intelligent creatures.

We also welcome the pending introduction of federal legislation by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to phase out the use of orcas in captivity altogether in the United States. If passed, such legislation will potentially have a seismic positive impact on the lives of marine mammals and send a message to the world that wild animals belong in the wild.”


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