In 2010, WWF was one of four charities selected to participate in the SeaWorld Cares ticket promotion. Any single-day full-price adult ticket for any of the SeaWorld parks purchased with a child's ticket resulted in a $5 donation to WWF and their conservation efforts combating climate change in the Arctic. WWF write about the promotion in their Focus newsletter (dated Nov/Dec 2010), "...more than $150,000 has been pledged to WWF to help fund our efforts in the Arctic, from working to combat climate change to protecting the polar bear and other Arctic species. For more information, visit seaworldcares.com."
Again, despite the fact that several different populations of orcas inhabit Arctic waters, WWF fail to note them on their website as a species present in the Arctic. With no mention of orcas as part of their conservation work, it seems a little odd that they offer one up for adoption as a way of raising money.
So what is the problem here? Surely WWF's partnership with SeaWorld is great if it means that WWF can continue their work to protect and conserve nature. According to WWF, they are all about "respecting and valuing the natural world and finding ways to share the Earth's resources fairly." However, somewhere along the line, they have decided it is okay to compromise their ethical stance by not respecting or valuing captive whales, dolphins and porpoises. The money WWF takes from SeaWorld is made off the backs of these exploited mammals who are forced to perform tricks for human entertainment.