Marine amusement park SeaWorld announced today that it will double the size of its killer whale tanks in the wake of declining attendance and reduced profits, a move that leaves animal rights activists in a conflicted state, to be generous.
Here's what PETA had to say:
#SeaWorld: NOTHING u change abt your prisons will make up 4 the scars of captivity. Emotional scars run even DEEPER. pic.twitter.com/Hqb8iCJ1ow
— PETA (@peta) August 15, 2014
While SeaWorld didn't specifically cite Blackfish, the 2013 documentary that depicts the poor treatment of killer whales and dangerous working conditions of their trainers, critics have become more vocal since the film's release.
In addition to increasing the size of the tanks to 10 million gallons, SeaWorld says it will add a water current for the animals to swim against, to mimic their natural environment. The park expects the renovation, which will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, to be finished in 2018.
While this is a move in the right direction, it pays lip service to concerns animal rights activists have over restrictive, cruel living conditions. The calls for SeaWorld to free their killer whales have grown so loud that legislative action has been proposed to end the use of orcas as entertainment.
What do you think: is there such thing as a decent way to keep a killer whale captive?
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