After facing years of bad publicity and threats from animal rights activists, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc in San Diego will change the tanks they use to store their animals to something that more closely resembled nature, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune report.
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The newspaper cited a ton of documents that were posted online for over a year for an investor presentation that was held today in Orlando, Florida. The company hasn't yet made a formal announcement about the change, however.
It is likely that it will move forward, however, especially after the backlash they suffered from the 2013 documentary "Blackfish." The documentary highlighted the physical, emotional, social, and reproductive stress that living in captivity does to the whales - including shortening their lifetime by decades. SeaWorld has launched a campaign to stop the negative backlash, but have been caught in several lies. Past trainers are also speaking out about the horrible conditions the orcas live in and the way they are trained.
Last month, the company was approved for a $100 million dollar expansion of the killer whale tank in San Diego - however, they had to agree that the company would stop breeding whales there. SeaWorld has said that they will sue to reverse the decision.
Chief Executive Officer Joel Manby, who took over in April, said last week he would redirect some of that $100 million to other attractions at the park.
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U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, is currently working on legislation that would make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity.