LONG BEACH, Calif. — The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego — but it banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them.

Animal rights activists praised the decision as a death blow to the use of killer whales at the California ocean park. SeaWorld was deeply disappointed by the restrictions, according to the president of its San Diego park.

“We are disappointed with the conditions that the California Coastal Commission placed on their approval of the Blue World Project, and will carefully review and consider our options,” SeaWorld’s John Reilly said in a statement, according to ABC 10. “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.” Read more…

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SeaWorld can’t breed orcas in newly approved $100 million tank expansion