An update regarding SeaWorld's captive breeding program!
Aug 16, 2014 — Now more than ever we need to continue to pressure SeaWorld to end their captive breeding program.
Following their recent announcement to expand their killer whale habitat, SeaWorld’s CEO told Mike Deforest of Click Orlando that the expansion will allow for them more room to breed and house even more killer whales. This is NOT the outcome these animals need! (http://www.clickorlando.com/news/seaworld-to-expand-killer-whale-habitats-at-parks/27503556)
In their second quarter report on Wednesday, SeaWorld announced that they have entered into a Letter of Intent with Village Roadshow Theme Parks, a division of Village Roadshow Limited, a leading international entertainment and media company, to co-develop theme parks in Pan-Asia, India and Russia. (http://www.seaworldinvestors.com/news-releases/news-release-details/2014/SeaWorld-Entertainment-Inc-Reports-Second-Quarter-2014-Results-and-Announces-Share-Repurchase-Program/default.aspx)
It is clear that they are intending to amp up the breeding program and ship the offspring overseas to fill these parks. This is almost certainly going to mean pre-mature breeding, more separations, more calf rejections, more stillbirths and sadly continued captivity for the entire collection.
Please continue to share this petition to show them that bigger tanks is not the answer. As PETA spokesperson Jared Goodman said today, “A bigger prison is still a prison.” Captivity will end when the breeding program ends.