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SeaWorld's watershed change of heart on orcas

SeaWorld's watershed change of heart on orcas

SeaWorld's decision this week to stop breeding killer whales at all its marine parks is a smart, humane change. So is its move to stop forcing them to perform in shows, doing tricks in response to cues from poolside trainers. The company had already announced that it would end the shows at its San Diego Park, home to 11 of SeaWorld's 29 whales. Now, the shows will be phased out over the next three years at its parks in Orlando and San Antonio.

While all this represents a monumental shift in the institution's philosophy and business model, it was also an inevitable step for SeaWorld after years of criticism over its confinement of orcas, a...

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