SeaWorld in San Diego has applied for a $100 million expansion to its Orca tanks. The Coastal Commission approved the expansion of tanks …. but with conditions.
They banned the breeding of orcas in SeaWorld.
They banned the sale, trade or transfer of captive orcas.
They banned new whales from the wild will be kept there.
“The commission’s action today ensures that no more orcas will be condemned to a nonlife of loneliness, deprivation, and misery,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a statement.
SeaWorld said in a statement that the company was disappointed with the conditions attached to the approved expansion, which would see its killer whale enclosures triple in size.
“Breeding is a natural, fundamental and important part of an animal’s life and depriving a social animal of the right to reproduce is inhumane,” says the park.
SeaWorld San Diego is currently home to 11 orcas, the star attractions of the facility.