It was announced recently that Sea World will no longer be able to breed orcas in captivity.
For several years Sea World has been under intense scrutiny from animal rights activists who say that Sea World have been badly mistreating the whales and dolphins that they have in captivity. The theme park has been at the center of controversy since the 2013 release of the documentary “Blackfish”, which exposed the inhumane treatment of its animals.
The California Coastal Commission did approve the construction of a $100-million project called Project Blue World, which Sea World says will greatly improve the quality of life for the whales that they have captive. The new project will reportedly be an expansion of the pools, and an enhanced habitats.
But this expansion will come at great cost to Sea World who have been banned from captive whale breeding and set unprecedented limitations on how the company can hold and transport the animals.
Sea World released this statement “We are disappointed with the conditions that the California Coastal Commission placed on their approval of the Blue World Project and will carefully review and consider our options. Breeding is a natural, fundamental and important part of an animal’s life, and depriving a social animal of the right to reproduce is inhumane.”
SeaWorld contends that their parks are more like veterinary clinics than zoos but these claims are scoffed at by animal rights activists.