According to the company’s website, the killer whales currently in their care will be the last generation of killer whales at SeaWorld. The company will end all orca breeding as of Thursday. It said the times are changing and SeaWorld is changing with them. According to a press release, SeaWorld always put the health and well-being of the whales first. They work with leading veterinary and scientific experts in the country to advise them on how to do this in a way that puts the health and well-being of the whales first.
“SeaWorld has introduced more than 400 million guests to orcas and we are proud of our part in contributing to the human understanding of these animals,” said Joel Manby, president and CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “We’ve helped make orcas among the most beloved marine mammals on the planet. As society’s understanding of orcas continues to change, SeaWorld is changing with it. By making this the last generation of orcas in our care and reimagining how guests will experience these beautiful animals, we are fulfilling our mission of providing visitors to our parks with experiences that matter.”
SeaWorld has not collected an orca from the wild in almost 40 years and the vast majority of their orcas were born under human care, according to the release. These orcas have never lived in the wild and could not survive in oceans that include environmental concerns such as pollution and other man-made threats.
SeaWorld has committed $50 million over the next five years to be the world’s leading marine animal rescue organization, to advocate for an end to the commercial killing of whales and seals and an end to shark finning.