SeaWorld plans changes to orca show

Theme park to start work on new “natural” orca presentation
SeaWorld is to begin production of a new “natural” orca presentation at its San Diego park as it looks to place a new emphasis on conservation. But animal rights campaigners say the move is just another public relations stunt.
During the company’s investor day, chief executive Joel Manby announced that the company had initiated production on a new orca presentation at the California theme park.
The experience will aim to highlight more of the species’ natural behaviours. The current show, One Ocean, will end in 2016.
The move comes almost three years after the release of the documentary Blackfish, which levelled a number of allegations at the company. During the period SeaWorld has seen attendances decline at its San Diego park. SeaWorld insists that a number of the points made were “ultimately false and misleading”.
“The overwhelming majority of adults – nearly 95% according to research we have seen – tell us that they believe that visiting a zoo or aquarium can inspire conservation,” Manby said.
“We see a growing trend within our core guest demographic that a vacation can and should be more than just fantasy and entertainment. Guests want to know that they’re making a difference for the world we share and our parks deliver on that promise.”
Peta Foundation Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman: “An end to SeaWorld’s tawdry circus-style shows is inevitable and necessary, but it’s captivity that denies these far-ranging orcas everything that is natural and important to them.”
SeaWorld has said the change will only occur in its San Diego park. The firm also runs orca shows in Florida and Texas.
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