In March of 2017, SeaWorld announced that it will end the breeding of killer whales at its facilities and will not have any orcas in new parks that they open. This is a major shift that signals the end of the display and performance of orcas in amusement parks.
SeaWorld is also taking a number of other positive steps to address the welfare of other animals, including rescue and rehabilitation, and the sourcing of food served to more than 20 million people annually.
But in the United States and around the world, marine mammals are still suffering in performing shows and entertainment displays. Touch tanks and "swim with" activities result in intelligent, social creatures being kept in captivity without adequate living space or sufficient interaction with other marine life. Often, these conditions can also lead to illness and other physical maladies for the animals.