MIAMI (AP) - The CEO of Humane Society of the United States says his counterpart at the National Aquarium has "done something terribly important" in deciding to relocate its dolphins to a seaside sanctuary.
In a blog post, Wayne Pacelle says the aquarium's plans are "more evidence that animal-based facilities" are adapting to cultural shifts and prioritizing the animals' well-being.
The Humane Society has partnered with SeaWorld on conservation and education programs. But SeaWorld officials say they won't be following the aquarium's lead.
In an email, spokeswoman Aimee Jeansonne Becka said SeaWorld's orcas would be safer and receive better care in their current displays than in "sea cages" that are "high risk."
She also said dolphins kept by zoos and aquariums help educate the public as "ambassadors for their species and the oceans."