It's a special treat to take your kids to SeaWorld to see the massive orcas and seals. But in time, California residents will no longer see whales at the famous park.
According to an ABC News source, "These 11 orcas will be the last 11 orcas there."
Thanks to a ban by the California Coastal Commission, captive orcas cannot be bred, sold, transferred, or traded. This will essentially end whale captivity in the state.
Since the 2013 documentary Blackfish, many have expressed outrage over the inhumane treatment of whales at SeaWorld.
As a reaction to the negative press, SeaWorld has been planning a $100 million tank expansion to house the whales. This decision by the Commision was added to the end of that agreement.
The park has expressed their frustration over the ruling by saying, “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."
Others are happy to see the ban put in place. Read PETA's reaction below.
"No more orcas will be condemned to a nonlife of loneliness, deprivation, and misery." - PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)Posted by TIME on Friday, October 9, 2015
"No more orcas will be condemned to a nonlife of loneliness, deprivation, and misery." - PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
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