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How 'Blackfish' helped end SeaWorld's killer whale programs

 Reuters 21 March 2019

On March 17, SeaWorld announced it would end its captive breeding of killer whales, or orcas. The theme park’s treatment of the animals was thrown in the spotlight three years ago by Blackfish, a documentary examining the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed by an orca. The film sparked a campaign on social media demanding SeaWorld end its orca breeding program. Reuters spoke to the documentary’s director about the impact of Blackfish. (418 Words) - By Jill Serjeant

USA_Orca killer whales at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego California

Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2019. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Blake

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