SeaWorld's orcas are no longer going to be forced into performing tricks for shows. Steady protests from animal rights activists have damaged the theme park's reputation and visitor numbers have been shrinking as a result.
The chain of aquatic parks has said the orcas currently in its care will be its last. The announcement comes amid a growing backlash over the company's treatment of the animals.
SeaWorld has announced it will phase out killer whale performances in California. The decision follows declining profits as well as criticism by animal rights groups campaigning against whales held in captivity.
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