As SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison steps down, orca advocates are calling for another retirement: They say Corky, the 50-year-old killer whale at SeaWorld San Diego, should no longer be performing.
"It is time to retire her, just as other performing animals are retired to a sanctuary to live out the rest of their lives in some semblance of their natural [habitat], and without having to perform, without having to be subjected to loud noise and [the] constant stress of living in a complete unnatural environment," activist Martha Sullivan said at an open city council session on Tuesday, according to Fox 5. A petition to retire the orca garnered more than 1,000 signatures in two weeks, Fox 5 reported.
OrcaLab's Paul Spong describes making a potential sanctuary for Corky in September 2014. (OrcaClicktrains/YouTube)