What is going on behind the scenes that veteran trainers are resigning, reaching breaking point, unable to ignore their consciences any longer?
Brandon James Paul Loetz, a veteran animal trainer from Orlando SeaWorld quit on Sept. 12, posting the news to his Facebook account.
He wrote: “I wouldn’t have walked away if I wasn’t justified in doing so…” but doesn’t give any specific details, only that, “these last few days have been my absolute breaking point. I can no longer stand behind or support this company.”
The L.A. Times reported on Sept. 10. about a lawsuit filed against SeaWorld Entertainment.
“SeaWorld Entertainment, which operates SeaWorld San Diego and SeaWorld Orlando in Florida, has faced harsh criticism from animal rights groups since the release last year of “Blackfish,” a documentary that accuses the parks of mistreating killer whales.”
“In response to the latest controversy, SeaWorld announced plans to double the size of its orca environment, contribute an additional $10 million to research on the species and establish an independent advisory committee of scientists to oversee its orca program,” reported The L.A. Times.