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SeaWorld trainers will no longer ride dolphins at theme parks

SeaWorld performers will no longer stand and ride on their dolphins, a practice that has come under heavy criticism from PETA and other animal rights activists over the past year. The surprising reform, which was revealed in a letter last Friday from a SeaWorld Entertainment company lawyer to the Securities and Exchange Commission, comes after an intense battle with the animal rights group — which had acquired 163 shares in the company as of Dec. 10. In the most objected-to stunt, performers would ride two dolphins at the same time by standing with each foot atop one of the animals’ beaks, or “rostrums.” PETA has decried the stunt as standing on the dolphins’ “faces.” “In order to address the most pressing issue that ...