|Picture of a killer whale in a Seaworld show.|
During this announcement, Joe Manby, the president and chief executive of Seaworld, emphasized that this decision was reached strictly based on the feedback from the park's guests, not from the public outrage following the release of Blackfish. It's also important to note that other whale shows at Seaworld's locations will continue, and killer whales will still be kept in captivity. Seaworld plans on creating a new exhibit that "will be "an all new orca experience focused on natural environments [of whales]" (Guardian). This announcement was made a few days after California House Representative Adam Schiff said he would "introduce a bill in Congress that would prohibit the breeding, wild capture, and import or export of the whales" (NY Times). Prior to this, Seaworld was actually planning to expand its whale habitat until the California Coastal Commission banned the breeding of killer whales in captivity, which Seaworld believed was an "overreach of the agency's authority" (NY Times).
While this isn't a super political issue, what do you think about this new decision? Also to tie this back to jurisdiction and the executive bureaucracy from last chapter, did the California Coastal Commission have the authority to do limit the freedom of Seaworld to expand its whale exhibit?
NY Times, USA Today, The Guardian