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SeaWorld to phase out killer-whale shows, captivity

Embattled amusement-park operator SeaWorld Entertainment said Thursday that the killer whales currently living at its facilities will be its last because it will stop breeding immediately and phase out theatrical orca shows.

The move comes nearly three years after SeaWorld came under pressure for its treatment of killer whales and their trainers in the documentary "Blackfish."

The company had already announced plans to end killer-whale shows at its San Diego park following regulatory scrutiny in California.

SeaWorld will turn its attention to "new, inspiring, natural orca encounters" while its killer whales are alive, the company said in a statement.

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