It is confirmed that SeaWorld Entertainment will not appeal the decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in April. The decision affirmed that SeaWorld violated the general duty clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, because the establishment exposed its trainers to recognized hazards.
The original citation came from the heavily media-covered incident when a trainer was killed by a killer whale in 2010. In the end, SeaWorld has accepted defeat and chosen to not appeal the decision made by the Court of Appeals on April 11, 2014. The organization released its formal statement on August 14, 2014.