SeaWorld is to end its controversial killer whale shows after years of bad publicity.
A statement said "times have changing and we are changing with them", adding that the current generation of orcas in captivity will be the last.
The killer whales currently in our care will be the last generation of killer whales at SeaWorld. The company will end all orca breeding as of today.
We always put the health and well-being of the whales first. We have the leading veterinary and scientific experts in the country to advise us on how to do this in a way that puts the health and well-being of the whales first.
We love our whales and so do many of our visitors and this is about doing the best thing for our whales, our guests, our employees and SeaWorld.
It comes after years of protests against the shows and the documentary 'Blackfish' which focused on captivity of killer whales and the male Orca Tilikum who had killed at least three people.
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