Takara during her 24th birthday at SeaWorld.Facebook/SeaWorld
Takara performing at SeaWorld.Facebook/SeaWorld
While the end of the breeding program is certainly cause for celebration, some point out that we must remember the company is still trying to save face from the "Blackfish" effect. Up until very recently, SeaWorld has fought to keep doing what they've been doing, despite plummeting attendance and public outcry.
This is a PR video SeaWorld made about Takara on her 24th birthday last year:
This latest PR move to end the breeding program doesn't change fate for Takara's baby who will likely be the last to join SeaWorld's last generation of captive orcas.
Watch a video about the youngest orcas still at SeaWorld below: