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“SeaWorld has agreed to stop breeding captive killer whales, meaning its 28 orcas will be the last generation owned by the company. SeaWorld also said it would end orca shows at all its entertainment parks by 2019.

The announcement was made Thursday morning on the blog of Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, which negotiated with SeaWorld over the past few months to craft the new policy.

Instead of breeding orcas, SeaWorld will now increase its focus on rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals in distress and bringing attention to rescued animals that cannot be released to raise awareness of their plight and educate the public about the growing threats to marine life.”