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Bye Bye Shamu

By Ana Marino
Posted On Mar 17, 2016
Bye Bye Shamu

Are we actually saying goodbye to the most famous killer whale of all time?

This morning Sea World tweeted announcing that this Thursday marks the end of the orca shows.

 

This was actually announced a couple of months ago. After years of protestors demanding the shows to be stopped and devoting their lives to those animal’s rights, their campaign finally pulled through. The public became more involved in this movement three years ago when Blackfish, a documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, was released. The film’s purpose was to expose Sea World and the reality of killer whales.

Blackfish Poster
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Today, the production company of the film and animal rights activists celebrate because orca shows are coming to an end. In addition to ending the shows, Sea World also announced that all theater shows will be shut down and that they will be ending their orca breeding program. They will now be providing park visitors with a more informational and educational experience about these animals.

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Sea World has teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in order to assist and participate in the protection of marine animals and oceans. The renovations to make the whale habitats more natural and realistic will start in 2017 in the San Diego Park and 2019 in the Orlando and San Antonio parks. People all over Twitter are reacting to this announcement with joy!


 



Source: losangeles.cbslocal.com

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