SeaWorld will end orca breeding program

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A baby killer whale, born December 21 swims with its mother, Kasatka, a 28-year-old whale December 23, 2004 at SeaWorld in San Diego, California. (Photo by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)

(March 17, 2016) — The orca whales currently in SeaWorld’s care will be the last generation of captive orcas at the water parks, according to an announcement the company posted on its website.

The company released a statement Thursday morning. “Why the big news?  SeaWorld has been listening and we’re changing. Society is changing and we’re changing with it,” said SeaWorld in a statement on their website.

The Humane Society of the United States is praising Sea World’s decision. “SeaWorld’s commitment to end breeding of orcas is a long-held goal of many animal advocacy organizations, and we commend the company for making this game-changing commitment,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of Humane Society of the United States.