Profit forecasts for captivity theme park giant, SeaWorld seem to have taken another big plunge, falling below market expectations for the year.
The company has reported a huge net loss of over $80 million as it struggles to deal with the public backlash against keeping orcas in tanks for entertainment. Anti-captivity campaigns such as those run by WDC have increased public pressure on SeaWorld forcing the company to issue a recent, tactical statement pledging to stop breeding orcas and to phase out performances involving orcas in the coming year. However, the 29 orcas that SeaWorld holds captive will remain in small tanks. WDC will continue to campaign to improve their situation through the creation of more naturalistic sea pen sanctuaries where captive orcas can be retired. WDC will also continue to highlight the plight of the numerous dolphins and belugas held captive by SeaWorld that seem to have been forgotten.