Earlier this month, it was announced that SeaWorld will no longer be able to breed orcas in captivity, but now the company is fighting back to challenge the ruling.
“The Coastal Commission went way beyond its jurisdiction and authority when it banned breeding by killer whales at SeaWorld,” company President Joel Manby said in a statement.
“By imposing broad new jurisdiction over all future SeaWorld marine animal projects, as well as aquarium projects elsewhere in the state, the commission has overstepped both federal and California law,” Manby added.
After the ruling, Manby said that it “defies common sense that a straightforward land-use permit approval would turn into a ban on animal husbandry practices — an area in which the commissioners have no education, training or expertise.”
The ban has the support of a public that has all but abandoned the park. As we reported earlier this year, The company announced this week that they have seen an 84% decrease in sales as “continued brand challenges” steer customers away from the park. Since the release of the film, it was reported that the company lost more than half of its market value, and was forced to fire many leading executives.
In figures released earlier this year, it was shown that SeaWorld’s income dropped from $37.4 million in 2014 to $5.8 million in 2015, and attendance dropped by more than 100,000 tickets.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.
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