Californian authorities have prohibited SeaWorld from breeding animals in captivity, calling into question the future of the park’s popular killer whale attraction. The ruling by the California Coastal Commission came after a request by the San Diego aquarium to build new tanks for its orcas. In a statement, SeaWorld said it was disappointed with Thursday’s ruling. SeaWorld plans to build two additional tanks for viewing and research. Breeding is a natural, fundamental and important part of an animal’s life and depriving a social animal of the right to reproduce is inhumane ,.
Said SeaWorld San Diego Park President John Reilly. The building project was approved under a condition that would prohibit captive breeding, artificial insemination, and the sale, trade or transfer of any animal in captivity. The commission received more than 120,000 emails from people about the proposed expansion, mostly from those opposing the project, said commission spokeswoman Noaki Schwartz. The ruling affects SeaWorld’s San Diego business, but not its locations in Florida or Texas. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA praised the ruling, saying this would effectively end the orca whale exhibit. In a statement they said that it ensures.