Under pressure from animal rights groups, SeaWorld will no longer present acts with humans riding on the noses and backs of dolphins.
The agreement averted a confrontation with PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) at its annual meeting. PETA had purchased shares in the company in order to force a shareholder vote on the issue.
The company and the organization have a long history of fights over treatment of ocean mammals; PETA wants them released, while SeaWorld says it has now ended abuses and is moving to "more education-focused animal presentations" and accuses PETA of trying to put it out of business.
While the fight goes on, life will be a bit easier for the dolphins.