Friday, 18 March 2016

SeaWorld to stop breeding orca whales

The US theme park operator SeaWorld says it is ending its controversial orca breeding programme.

The decision means the orca whales currently at the parks will be "the last generation", the company said.

SeaWorld, which has 12 parks across the US, has faced heavy criticism over alleged poor treatment of its captive orcas, also known as killer whales.

Activists have called for the orcas to be released into the wild but SeaWorld claims they would likely die.

"For as long as they live, the orcas at SeaWorld will stay in our parks," the company said in a Los Angeles Times op-ed.

SeaWorld has previously announced that it will phase out live orca shows.

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