As others have stated, we don't need cheesy Universal/Sea World animal shows where a Sea Lion is wearing a clown nose while bouncing a basketball. Not educational, realistic, and actually pretty humiliating for the animal.
I really love Flights of Wonder and hope it remains open.
The problem is, only in your perception is it any more natural or respectful.
That's SeaWorld's strategy with its new Orca Encounter show, which quite honestly, is no better or worse than Flights of Wonder. The animals are still just as trained as they ever were. They simply don't appear as trained. And it clearly works on some people.