FROM Sara Libby
Sea World Kills Its Killer Whale Shows First it was the documentary Blackfish, aired repeatedly by CNN. Then it was a California Coastal Commission ruling that Sea World could no longer engage in the breeding of captive killer whales. Now, Sea World says , there are going to be changes. Sara Libby is managing editor of Voice of San Diego .
Sea World Announces Big Changes to Orca Habitats The documentary Blackfish comes down hard on Sea World, the amusement park where captive killer whales are trained and put through their paces. The film claims the animals are treated so cruelly that they turn against humans, which is not part of their nature. Last Wednesday, Sea World’s stock dropped 33% after its earnings report failed to meet expectations. On Friday, the company announced that it’s doubling the size of the tanks where its killer whales live. But it’s adamant in denying that’s a reaction to Blackfish. KCRW producer Benjamin Gottlieb spoke with Dave Koontz, a spokesman for Sea World in San Diego.
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