She also noted that SeaWorld's new statement on sea pens is more than a little self-defeating.
"This is the hypocrisy that SeaWorld is claiming; they're claiming that their whales are good models for wild whales, and that ... you can do research on captive whales," Rose said. "Then they tell me, 'But if we dip them into the ocean they'll die.' That tells me they're models for nothing."
SeaWorld, it seems, is just grabbing onto the argument that allows the park to make the most money of the whales with as little effort as possible - even if means contradicting itself.
"The best, and safest, future for our whales is to let them live out their lives at SeaWorld, receiving the highest quality care, based on the latest advances in marine veterinary medicine, science and zoological best practices," SeaWorld said.
Of course, SeaWorld was just as adamantly opposed to ending breeding days before they announced they'd be closing the program. And Rose, for one, isn't giving up hope that, one day, SeaWorld will be pressured into taking another step forward for its orca's welfare.