The twist of fate that came with SeaWorld's granted wish, worthy of a fairy tale, was celebrated by animal advocates everywhere. Ex-SeaWorld trainer Jeffrey Ventre called the win "the most significant victory [against] marine mammal captivity in the history of this fight."
But SeaWorld is determined to keep things as they were - and to keep breeding orcas in its tanks. So SeaWorld has decided to try to use the law to get its way. "The Coastal Commission has neither the legal jurisdiction nor, accordingly, the expertise, to dictate the care, feeding or breeding of animals held solely in captivity under human care," the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday, states.
Animal advocacy groups are astounded at the shamelessness of SeaWorld's legal move. "Shame on SeaWorld for wasting California taxpayer dollars by filing a lawsuit which existing case law suggests will almost certainly fail," Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Executive Director Stephen Wells said in a statement. "The Animal Legal Defense Fund stands ready to support the California Coastal Commission in upholding the conditions that prohibit SeaWorld San Diego from pursuing Blue World Project unless it phases out the cruel captive exploitation of orcas."
An orca show at SeaWorld San Diego in June 2015.Tinseltown/Shutterstock