Nov 10, 2015 10:09AM

SeaWorld Is Finally Shutting Down Its Orca Shows (Kind Of)

One small step for mankind.

Our prayers have (kind of) been answered, guys. SeaWorld announced today that they are phasing out their controversial orca shows in San Diego — finally acknowledging them to be a relic of archaic attitudes towards marine animals/str8 up cruel.

With a drop in attendance and profits following public outcry at the Blackfish documentary, SeaWorld's CEO has decided to quit it with the "theatrical killer whale experience" in San Diego by the end of 2016. Instead, the orca experience will focus on the "natural environment [of the whales]" which is a bit of a bloody stretch given their natural environment is the ocean, and not the tiny enclosures they'll continue to be trapped in. Also, it should be noted that the ban does not apply to their other killer whale parks in San Antonio, Texas, and Orlando, Florida.

This comes in the wake of US Congressman Adam Schiff's announcement yesterday to introduce a bill that would end orca farms at SeaWorld. While he acknowledges that the ban in San Diego is a "welcome step" he stressed that "much more needs to be done…the fact still remains that as long as SeaWorld holds orcas in captivity, the physical and psychological problems associated with their captivity will persist."

So to conclude: SeaWorld still sucks. But what the hey, at least it's a baby step in the right direction, progress etc etc. 

Photo: Magnolia Pictures

Madeleine Woon