SeaWorld has admitted what's behind its recent decision to stop breeding orcas, and it's not welfare. It's money.
Earlier this month, SeaWorld announced that it would stop breeding orcas, making the two dozen in its care the company's last generation of captive whales. The decision was praised as an overdue step forward for the company, but many questioned whether this was a true change of heart for the embattled company or just a response to several years of troubled stock prices and profits.
SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby cleared that right up during a webcast with the public on Wednesday.
"We understand some customers are upset and you may feel betrayed, but in a simple way, the data and trends showed it was either a SeaWorld without whales or a world without SeaWorld," he said. "We are an organization that needs to have cash flow to [succeed] and unfortunately, the trends were not in our favor."