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SeaWorld profits tank

SeaWorld profits tank

Profit forecasts for captivity theme park giant, SeaWorld seem to have taken another big plunge, falling below market expectations for the year. The company has reported a huge net loss of over $80 million as it struggles to deal with the public backlash against keeping orcas in tanks for entertainment. Anti-captivity campaigns such as those…

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SeaWorld SHOULD support sanctuaries

Given SeaWorld’s amazing announcement last month, its more recent publicity condemning both release and sanctuaries for captive orcas was a big disappointment, including in its representation of what happened to Keiko, the Free Willy whale. In fact, SeaWorld is better placed than any other company holding orcas in captivity, to ensure that no further orcas die in its facilities…

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SeaWorld’s stunning announcement: A sunset on orcas in captivity?

SeaWorld’s recent announcement that it will immediately end its captive breeding program for orcas throughout all of its parks, alongside a phasing out of its traditional orca performances and shows to make way for a more ‘natural’ visitor experience by 2019, was met with a fair amount of surprise from the public, and from within the…

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SeaWorld to end orca breeding programme

SeaWorld CEO, Joel Manby has announced that the US company will end all orca breeding programmes this year, making this generation of captive orcas the last to be kept in SeaWorld’s tanks. In the surprise announcement, Manby also announced the phasing out of all theatrical orca whale shows in all parks. In 2015, the California…

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Tilikum's Health Rapidly Declining

WDC is saddened to hear the news that the health of Tilikum, the dark star of the 2013 documentary Blackfish, is deteriorating. SeaWorld reports that he has been lethargic for several weeks and is apparently suffering from a life-threatening bacterial infection in his lungs which they refer to as “chronic and progressive”.  (Image of Tilikum…

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Spying – another fine mess for SeaWorld

Captivity show giant, SeaWorld has revealed yet more financial losses in 2015 and also admitted spying on those, like WDC, who oppose its practice of keeping whales and dolphins in concrete tanks for entertainment. Financial results released for the fourth quarter, and full year of 2015, show a net loss of millions of dollars and over $9 million…

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SeaWorld announces management shake-up

SeaWorld has announced a number of changes to its management, including the replacement of two top executives. For the past few years the marine park operator has been struggling to cope with the backlash caused by the success of the documentary film, Blackfish, released in 2013. Falling revenues and attendances, along with changing attitudes regarding…

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SeaWorld Orlando stops beluga whale interaction programme

SeaWorld Orlando has abruptly ended its visitor’s package which allows visitors to get in the water with the park’s beluga whales. SeaWorld has given no indication as to why, just stating that the programme is “currently under review”. The decision comes less than a year after one of the park’s four beluga whales died from…

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SeaWorld to sue over captive orca breeding ban

SeaWorld has begun legal proceedings against the California Coastal Commission over its decision to prevent the marine park from breeding any more orcas at SeaWorld’s San Diego marine park. The ban was included as part of the ruling to allow SeaWorld to go ahead with its $100m Blue World project, which would have seen an…

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Orca dies at SeaWorld San Antonio

WDC is saddened to hear the news that Unna, a female orca held at SeaWorld’s park in San Antonio, Texas, has died. She was just 18 years old. For the past few months Unna had been fighting a chronic fungal infection but failed to respond to treatment. She died on December 21st and SeaWorld announced…

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