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SeaWorld just announced that the company will phase out its circus-style orca shows at the San Diego location next year. While the move may sound like progress for the long-suffering orcas, what these animals—and every orca imprisoned by SeaWorld—really need are lives outside the prison-like tanks.

An end to SeaWorld’s tawdry circus-style shows is inevitable and necessary, but it’s captivity that denies these far-ranging orcas everything that is natural and important to them. This move is like no longer whipping lions in a circus act but keeping them locked inside cages for life or no longer beating dogs but never letting them out of crates. As U.S. Rep. Adam B. Schiff indicated when he introduced a federal orca-protection bill recently, no change to SeaWorld’s tanks will be sufficient to satisfy the needs of these animals.

That’s why PETA is calling on SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas and start building sea sanctuaries where they can experience an actual natural setting and finally thrive.

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