SeaWorld to End All Orca Breeding Programmes – but Not Soon Enough

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Today, SeaWorld announced that it will end all orca breeding programmes this year, making the orcas currently held captive at its marine parks the “last generation” who will be imprisoned in this way.

SeaWorld orca and crowd_mini

This is a great step forward for marine mammals, and shows that when it comes to fighting for animals, as with all progressive movements, persistence pays off.

PETA and our international affiliates have campaigned hard for this, and now there is a payoff for future generations of orcas. For decades orcas, dolphins, beluga whales, seals and many other animals have suffered in SeaWorld confinement, and to do right by them now, SeaWorld must now open the tanks to ocean sanctuaries so that these long-suffering animals may have some semblance of a life outside their prison tanks.

For years, SeaWorld has enslaved animals in small tanks at marine parks, where they are forced to perform unnecessary tricks for “entertainment”. It’s a business built on the suffering of intelligent, social animals who are denied everything that is natural and important to them. As a result, animals imprisoned by SeaWorld often die prematurely from stress and other captivity-related problems.

While a huge shift in public opinion is forcing SeaWorld to change some of its practices, it remains a deeply unethical and exploitative business. If you’re travelling to Florida, please avoid this animal-harming attraction, and speak out if you spot any travel companies promoting trips to SeaWorld.



  • Wendy Hughes commented on March 17, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Fantastic step in the right direction – one day hopefully attractions like this will be banned!

    • Frank. E Benn, commented on March 18, 2016 at 2:33 am

      Agree with you 100%, I’m so pleased, it is so cruel to keep them in those very small tanks,, I am so pleased, well done everyone,

      • tom commented on April 30, 2016 at 8:27 am

        I strongly agree with you! Sea mammals all around the world were brought into this world to breed and have a natural life but it was stolen from them. However some selfish Humans stole their lives from the sea! I think this is permanently cruel. Every animal should be able to have freedom and have a necessary life instead of the food , furs (Skinned animals) and entertainment they are used for while humans control them from. This needs to stop now!

  • Linda Steers commented on March 17, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    So good to know.

  • anna orfanopoulou commented on March 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    stop the exploitation of animals

    • Sigh commented on March 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      If peta had their way, wild animals would never suffer and die at each other’s expense!

  • Bethe Jankelson commented on March 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Good job , Sea World. I realize this is a big sacrifice to make. This is your livelihood. I just wanted to recognize that.
    I DO, however, believe this is the right move and your gesture should help set the president for the entire world.
    Thank you.

  • jen commented on March 17, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    This type of thing should have never began in the first place, humans are barbaric horrible creatures at times

  • Jill crowley commented on March 17, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    The whole place needs to be closed, it’s appealing to keep such large animals in this manner, hate cages of any discriptition especially if it is to gratify humans.

  • Rachael Fudge commented on March 17, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    And when SeaWorld is over, is PETA going to step in to rescue and rehabilitate all those stranded, sick and injured marine animals? Or will the cost be an issue? Solve a problem to create a further problem…people can’t be expected to work for free. The parks NEED guests and quite frankly I find it irresponsible to suggest otherwise. I for one, will be visiting SeaWorld this summer and I might visit many multiples of times too. Let’s see if this gets posted.

    • If you've got nothing nice to say... commented on March 20, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      @Racheal Fudge. You’re missing the point. For decades SeaWorld has imprisoned wild animals to make a fast buck to the detriment of the safety, health and lifespan of such intelligent, social creatures. Peta, amongst other excellent organisations such as HSUS/HSI, have campaigned relentlessly for SeaWorld to stop captive breeding and the disgusting ‘theatrical’ shows. Are you suggesting this is right? That we should allow for SeaWorld to continue exploiting animals for profit? If you think this is right, you are simply the worst kind of human being. The kind that thinks he or she is the only thing that matters. News flash, there are 7 billion other humans on the planet and a sh*t load more creatures.

      “The parks NEED guests.” Um, really? I think you’ll find, we don’t need the parks and FYI, neither do the animals. They have their own home. You know, the big blue ocean where they can actually live out their lives as they’re supposed to. Or maybe you’re right, we should cage them up. It’s entertaining, right? I for one love seeing sick, depressed animals suffering. Here’s a thought, maybe we should people up too. See how much fun that is.

      Open your mind and perhaps you’ll stop being a shallow, unfeeling, unintelligent egomaniac. You may even enjoy being a decent person. Try it.

      • Harriet Adkins commented on May 21, 2016 at 11:28 pm

        Whoever commented above me…well said!! I wish I could say it as eloquently as you have…but here is my version……Racheal fudge… are a discusting human being. To no what is actually happening at sea world and still want to go there let alone admit it……shameful!! And I hope u can sleep well in ur big bed where u can stretch and move…and then get up the next day and go where ever u want. Not get bullied in a box where u can’t leave and be safe. And then go out and be ‘entertainment’ for a bunch of selfish narrow minded people… urself. Sea world does not help or rescue any marine life……It tortures it.

  • Christine Von Lossberg commented on March 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    They should just let the dolphins go too. Beluga whales, penguins,seals as well. Just shut it down. They are all suffering needlessly. It is about the money to them. Let them go out and help them more and more instead.

  • Pauline commented on March 17, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    We are all caged one way or another x I agree these huge animals are mostly kept for performance but where can it end I don’t agree with horse racing, dressing up dogs etc we are all guilty of imprisoning so don’t cry for the closure of zoos etc most places like this conserve and protect xx

  • Aygun Badalova commented on March 18, 2016 at 5:54 am

    People should abandon this barbaric amusements

  • Karen commented on March 18, 2016 at 7:00 am

    What a relief…’s so easy to look at these establishments and want to see these remarkable creatures, but we must remember that they suffer for our enjoyment. Well done peta. ….For your persistence and results

  • Renggli Gabriela commented on March 18, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Congratulation, we feel too that this should be ended forever. We are a Swiss family with a Teenage boy who has Asperger syndrome – and therefore we visited Dolphinplus in Key Largo to offer our boy a “structured swim” with the dolphins. At the desk ( and in the internet) they showed skillfully shot video’s from which it is not visible to judge how small the tank is, in which the poor animals are kept. The made a huge mess with filling a “medical form for safety” for our boy, held a briefing of 40 minutes about dolphins (a speed contest presentation to press in all the knowledge) – and the we were ready for this 15min. “Swim” which is in fact an act of a learned lesson that each dolphin has to go through very speditive (3 times an hour for 2-3 times a day). ALL the animals had lesions around their snouts – sometimes deep wounds where the red flesh was visible. (It can be seen on our photos we purchased from them as well). They had about 12 bottlenose dolphin in this tank – with olive green lagoon water with a visibility of 2 feet). Our son was of course moved – but this will neither change his life nor heal an Aspie.
    We deeply regret to have been there. It is a horrible place – and nothing else than a giant money making machine disguised behind an ecological credo. One of the dolphin which was with us, stopped to perform in these few minutes – and they put him a pipe into the stomach, where they filled water in through a funnel. They told us, that he (Leo) “had learned to ask for water when he is thirsty”. …So disgusting – as dolphins have normally enough water intake with their prey.
    We can send you the photos from Feb. 2016, with the wounded snouts.
    Fam. Wigger Renggli, Switzerland

  • alex commented on March 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    About time… I only recently watched a documentary on netflix about this place. I never knew they were so close to stopping this. I’m glad we’re taking a step in the right direction with animal exhibits.

  • Mansura commented on March 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Please end this cruelty 🙁

  • Michael Henderson commented on March 22, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    This is decades overdue, and should never have happened in the first place. SeaWorld is ONLY taking these progressive steps because its bottom line is hurting. We activists have destroyed their business model and profits. Every one of you who have signed petitions, sent emails & letters, made phone calls or attended protests have made enormous contributions toward ending orca & dolphin captivity and eventually putting these abusement parks out of business.

  • Muriel Servaege commented on March 22, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Well done.

  • BRENDA PHILLIPS commented on April 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    That’s great news.. I cant wait to hear that All captive sea Animals are are banned forever ..and are free .. good on you petaUK and good on All of us

  • Judith Poole commented on April 19, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    This imprisonment and torture profiting SeaWorld has got to stop now as with All torture to living beings..Animals esp because they have no voice except for ours!!

  • georgina commented on May 3, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Brilliant to hear!
    Would love for it to be closed down all together, its such a shame that in this day and age people are still using animals for greed!
    I will never go to any place that have animals kept in captivity.!
    Seaworld are an embarrassment to man kind!!
    Disgusting people

  • Danniella Higgins commented on May 9, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    It’s the right thing to do!! This is not entertainment! Since when did cruelty become entertaining!?.:(

  • Harriet Adkins commented on May 21, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I have just watched a documentary on Netflix called black fish. The most eye opening thing I’ve ever watched. These poor whales need our help….as do many other captive animals. Sea world should be shut down for animal cruelty. I’m glad to say I’ve never been to one of there establishment’s and I never will and will do everything I can to make other people say the same thing. If they have no customers these poor animals will no longer b forced to entertain them. Sorry for the rant but this has properly agrivated me. It’s so wrong!! And y in God’s name is it still able to happen in 2016!!!

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