California Coastal Commission Bans Breeding Orcas as Condition for Proposed SeaWorld Expansion

October 8, 2015

Following meetings with PETA, letters from more than 120,000 concerned PETA members and supporters, and a protest involving several hundred people, the California Coastal Commission did right by orcas by requiring, as a condition of approval for SeaWorld’s Blue World Project, that the abusement park stop breeding them—which would ultimately end captivity for long-suffering orcas in California. This ruling forces SeaWorld either to end orca captivity in the state or abandon the expansion project and face yet another public-relations disaster for continuing to harm orcas.

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