SeaWorld has been forbidden to breed whales in captivity in California, CBS News reports:
After a meeting that reportedly drew hundreds of SeaWorld opponents and supporters, California regulators on Thursday approved SeaWorld’s plan to construct larger quarters for its killer whales at its park in San Diego, but the green light came with strings attached.
The California Coastal Commission, which oversees seaside developments in the state, barred SeaWorld from breeding whales at the facility, a ruling that could means the 11 orcas now at the park would be the last. The commission also imposed conditions on transporting whales in and out of the park.
“We are disappointed with the conditions they have placed on their approval,” Joel Manby, SeaWorld’s president and CEO, stated in a release. “Depriving these social animals of the natural and fundamental right to reproduce is inhumane and we do not support this condition.”
Because keeping them in tiny tanks and separating them from their young and families is so humane.