Amidst sinking stock, SeaWorld announced today that it is phasing out its orca show. At first glance, this seems like a huge victory for the animals. But let’s take a closer look at the move which is undoubtably a response to the ongoing and ever increasing outrage over the treatment of the captive whales.
While some folks are celebrating the foggy announcement, others are less inclined to bring out the party favors just yet, as SeaWorld still plans on keeping the whales for a new “informative” experience which would center on “conservation” meant to inspire folks “to act.” It’s simply another show, just not the current show.
SeaWorld is also still trying to expand their whale tanks, and continues to fight the recent ruling by the California Coastal Commission which would bar it from breeding the orcas, if it wishes to complete the project. There’s a good chance that SeaWorld will prevail in court, allowing them to move forward.
Folks aren’t just sitting around waiting to find out what happens though; far from it. United States Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is introducing a federal bill which would prohibit the breeding of captive orcas, as well as end their capture, import, and export. If this bill is approved, it would truly put an end to SeaWorld’s orca “shows” and their “displays” once and for all. According to Schiff, “The evidence is very strong that the psychological and physical harm done to these magnificent animals far outweighs any benefits reaped from their display.”
Judging by today’s headlines, it looks like it’s not just the whales who have been tricked and manipulated this time. Despite what you may have read, SeaWorld has no intention of ending the captivity and use of Orcas.