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SeaWorld San Diego Banned From Breeding Killer Whales

After much contest by animal rights activists, the California Coastal Commission has banned SeaWorld San Diego from breeding captive killer whales.

This ban also prohibits artificial insemination, sale, trade and transfer of captive orcas. Animal rights organization PETA stated that this "ensured no more orcas would be condemned to a non-life of loneliness, deprivation and misery."

Disappointed with the condition added to the park's planned 2018 "Blue World" expansion, SeaWorld replied, "Breeding is a natural, fundamental and important part of an animal's life and depriving a social animal of the right to reproduce is inhumane."

Those for and against the expansion spoke their arguments in the hearing of 500 people. While SeaWorld veterinarian Hendrik Nollens disputed that the animals are treated with consideration like family, Coastal Commissioner Dayna Bochco disagreed and believed that the animals are crippled in captivity.

The expansion will replace its 1.7-million-gallon pool with a 5.2-million-gallon tank and 450,000-gallon pool.

Photography by: @seaworldsandiego

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