(NEWSER) – SeaWorld San Diego's top attraction may be on its last legs, er, fins. In approving a $100 million project that will see a larger holding facility for the park's orcas, the California Coastal Commission imposed some conditions: bans on captive whale breeding and bringing in wild-caught orcas—changes that could eventually put a stop to the park's killer whale shows, reports the Los Angeles Times.
SeaWorld opposed the breeding ban, noting it meant its 11 whales would likely be the park's last and arguing only the federal government has the authority to restrict breeding and transfers. "Breeding is a natural, fundamental, and important part of an animal's life, and depriving a social animal of the right to reproduce is inhumane," SeaWorld said after the decision, adding it "will carefully review and consider our options."
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