Free Willy

Tiago Rachelson:

Sea World in San Diego has announced plans to end their famous theatrical orca shows as soon as 2017!

After a dramatic decline in attendance last year, where the San Diego park dropped 17(38)%, Sea World promised to give their “fans” a more natural performance, as if it were in the wild.  “We start everything by listening to our greats and evolving our shows to what we’re hearing, and so far that’s what we’ve been hearing in California, they want experiences that are more natural and experiences that look more natural in the environment,” said CEO Joel Manby. “But it’snot universal across our properties.

Sea World has plans to implement a much larger orca tank, costing about $100 million, but, Manby says

“We know, with the regulatory environment out there with orcas and what’s happened in California with the reputation, we’d be foolish if we didn’t look at options,” Manby said. “We’re not comfortable putting $100 million into a market when there are regulatory questions. Until that whole issue settles, then we’ll make a decision at that time.”

In my opinion, we should all just riot and free the big dolphins because they are really cute and super smart and this is a modern day slavery. We aren’t even helping the whales; we split them from their families, we force them into small tanks (where they often are depressed and become suicidal), and we don’t feed them or give them the right partners.

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