For the general public, the announcement that SeaWorld was ending its orca breeding program may have come as a surprise. But for the thousands of people in San Diego and elsewhere who have considered the company’s treatment of orcas inhumane, the changes are the culmination of years of protests, petitions, calls for boycotts and other activities.
SeaWorld has agreed to end its orca breeding program, and theatrical shows that feature the whales.
SeaWorld San Diego’s rent payments to the city of San Diego and its attendance are down as the company faces challenges nationwide.
Has the government really stuck its nose into the bedrooms of orcas? An investigation. Or deep dive, if you will.
SeaWorld’s full-fledged assault on a former trainer is just the latest move in what’s been a long, strange series of responses to the critical documentary “Blackfish.” Since the film’s debut, SeaWorld has boomeranged between writing the film off and aggressively countering its claims.
SeaWorld announced Wednesday earnings were down 28 percent in the third quarter. San Diego’s unique ties to the theme park mean the city could feel that drop too.
A shareholder has filed suit against SeaWorld, claiming it played down the “Blackfish” effect on the company’s bottom line.
SeaWorld hopes to buoy itself with plans to sink millions into new killer whale habitats and research.
SeaWorld acknowledged Wednesday that the so-called “Blackfish” bill may be affecting its bottom line, news that could mean smaller rent payments to the city of San Diego.
We brought together SeaWorld, one of its highest-profile critics and a professor who studied its business model for a rollicking discussion.