SeaWorld just announced that they would no longer let their orcas — also known as killer whales — breed. I asked several killer whale and animal behavior experts for their opinions.
Barbara J. King, whose books include How Animals Grieve, wrote:
Killer whales and other cetaceans suffer so much in captivity, both physically and emotionally, that they shouldn’t be held at all—full stop… While cessation of breeding captive killer whales is a positive step, it wouldn’t address the profoundly distressed and depressed behaviors of killer whales who live now at SeaWorld. Each of these individuals has thoughts and feelings about his or her captivity, and we can’t turn away from these.