SeaWorld Announces End to Killer Whale Breeding

The 51-year-old company is teaming with The Humane Society to end its controversial orca breeding program.
2:41 | 03/17/16

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We move on to the big breaking news about seaworld. The marine park is partnering with the humane society to end their killer whale shows saying their orcas are the last they'll keep in captivity. We have the story from Ryan. A dramatic shift breaking this morning. Seaworld's CEO announcing to orca breeding and shows. Swimming in criticism for the last several years following the death of one of their whale trainers and the release of the documentary "Blackfish." When you look into their eyes you know somebody is home. Reporter: But this morning, seaworld's CEO announcing a change in the tides saying all of its signature orca shows will be coming to an end. Current orcas under our care will be the last generation at seaworld and phase out our theatrical shows. We're ending breeding as of today. Reporter: And now working with an unlikely ally, the humane society. Previously one of seaworld's loudest critics. This is something that every animal advocate in the nation can celebrate asrogress. Reporter: Last year the 51-year-old company announcing it was shutting down their one ocean show in San Diego. Now other similar acts will follow suit by 2018 including in Orlando where trainer dawn Brancheau was killed in 2010 by the popular orca tilikum. You think they were the natural result of what happened in 2010? It's a lot of things that have happened. That was a very horrific moment for our company. Dawn's death is something none of us will ever get over. Reporter: The 29 killer whales in seaworlds will remain in captivity for their own safety. The best place for them is at seaworld. No whale born under human care has been released successfully. It's impossible to unring that bell. Reporter: Acknowledging "B "Blackfish" did have an effect. Society has changed and I think we have to change with it. Reporter: But they're hoping this is the first step in a long partnership to help the whales. It's not perfect. We do have disagreements, but don't want the perfect to be the enemy of the good. We love them. We're trying to do the right thing for them. Reporter: Now, seaworld will now develop, quote, more natural orca encounters using technology to show how whales live and adding cons conservation messaging and they're hoping to become the largest rescue operation in the world. What a significant change. They needed to change with the times, they said. Ryan, thanks very much.

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