SeaWorld has made a historic announcement today that it will end its breeding program. This means that the generation of orcas that are currently in the tanks will be the last.
In their official statement SeaWorld said:
SeaWorld has been listening and we’re changing. Society is changing and we’re changing with it.
The remaining orcas will continue to live in the tanks including Tilikum who was reported as being seriously ill from a lung infection. The Dodo has written a great article about the remaining orcas, some captured and some born in the tanks, who will continue their lives unchanged despite this positive news.
The news quickly spread around the world, some of our favourite reactions below: