SeaWorld announces job losses

Captivity giant, SeaWorld has announced that it intends laying off 350 employees following a slump in profits and low attendances at its captivity shows.

According to a spokesperson, the majority of the job losses will be administrative positions at the company's corporate office, as well as its parks in Orlando and San Diego.

SeaWorld, Orlando
SeaWorld, Orlando

SeaWorld employs around 5,000 full-time workers and operates 12 parks across the US and is attempting to rebuild its reputation in the face of strong criticism and a public backlash to the practice of holding whales and dolphins captive in small tanks. 

Attendances and profits have been falling since the release of Blackfish, the award-winning film focusing on the life of Tilikum, an orca from Iceland who was held in captivity by SeaWorld and who died earlier this year.

WDC is working to establish a sanctuary for beluga whales held in captivity.

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