PETA's anti-SeaWorld ad on display at San Diego airport

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PETA To Post Ad At San Diego Airport: 'Please Avoid SeaWorld'

People at a San Diego airport might see an interesting ad on display Thursday. The advertisement is sponsored by People for Ethical Treatments of Animals, or PETA, and tells SeaWorld lovers to rethink their visits.
PETA's anti-SeaWorld ad on display at San Diego airport
Kathy Najimy during 25th Anniversary Gala for PETA and Humanitarian Awards - Show & Presentation at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Kathy Najimy attends the 2014 National Corporate Theatre Fund Chairman's Awards Gala at The Pierre Hotel on March 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 31: A Delta jet lands at Lindbergh Field (also known a San Diego International Airport) on July 31, 2013, in San Diego, California. San Diego, the eighth largest city in the United States and second largest in California, is home to the U.S. Navy and known for its extensive beaches and mild year-round climate. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 26: Travelers look over flight updates on screens at Lindbergh Field Airport in San Diego, California, Friday, May 26, 2006. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 31: A Delta jet lands at Lindbergh Field (also known a San Diego International Airport) on July 31, 2013, in San Diego, California. San Diego, the eighth largest city in the United States and second largest in California, is home to the U.S. Navy and known for its extensive beaches and mild year-round climate. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 13: In this handout photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, Humboldt and Magellanic penguins swim together in their habitat at SeaWorld San Diego on March 13, 2014 in San Diego, California. These amazing avian ambassadors can be seen during a behind-the-scenes tour at SeaWorld (Magellanic penguins can also be seen in their outdoor habitat outside the Penguin Encounter). Both Humboldts and Magellanics are classified as vulnerable populations. As with many penguin species, their status has a potential to be reclassified as endangered due to overfishing, habitat destruction and human interference. SeaWorld San Diego has one of the most successful penguin breeding programs in the world and was the very first zoological organization in the world to breed Magellanic penguins through artificial insemination, with three successful hatchlings in 2013. Humboldts (which have one black stripe) are from Chile and Peru; Magellanics (two black stripes) are native to Chile and Argentina. (Photo by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)
Trainers work with Orcas during a show at the Shamu Up Close attraction at Sea World in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 7, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Trainers work with Orcas during a show at the Shamu Up Close attraction at Sea World in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 7, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOBEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, a bottlenose dolphin was born at SeaWorld San Diego at 12:33 p.m. in a behind-the-scenes pool November 12, 2013 in San Diego, California. Shown in the picture are the mother (Kolohe, below), the newborn dolphin calf, and another female dolphin above the baby (Daphne, a 14-year-old female). Kolohe (pronounced ka-LO-hay), who is a Pacific bottlenose dolphin, has given birth to one other calf. SeaWorld animal care specialists and veterinarians report that the mother and calf are doing well, swimming together and bonding. As with any birth at SeaWorld, they will be monitored round the clock. (Photo by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - FEBRUARY 14: In this handout photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, mom and baby killer whale swim together at SeaWorld San Diego's Shamu Stadium February 14, 2013 in San Diego, California. Kasatka, a killer whale who is approximately 37 years old, gave birth to the calf this morning at 6:33 a.m. under the watchful eyes of SeaWorld's zoological team. The calf is estimated to weigh between 300 and 350 pounds and measure 6 to 7 feet. The gender of the calf is not yet known. As with any killer whale birth, the mother and calf will be observed round the clock for the first few days. (Photo by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)
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Anthony Lawrence, Hilly Beavan and Kathy Najimy during 25th Anniversary Gala for PETA and Humanitarian Awards - Show & Presentation at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
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"A controversial ad asking tourists to stay away from SeaWorld will be displayed at Lindbergh Field."

"It features actress Kathy Najimy, who grew up here in San Diego. It says, 'Welcome to San Diego! If you love animals like I do, please avoid SeaWorld,'" XETV reports.

An announcement on PETA's website says the organization wanted to run the ad so people would learn the "truth about SeaWorld's systematic abuse of animals."

PETA's announcement also includes a link to its page SeaWorld of Hurt, which highlights what some consider to be inhumane behavior toward SeaWorld's animals.

"PETA, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority after its advertising vendor chose not to accept $17,500 for the anti-SeaWorld message."

"Now, as part of the settlement, the ad will stay up for a month."

Nature World News reports SeaWorld San Diego spokesman David Koontz responded:

"PETA is an extremist organization and this ad demonstrates that, once again, they are more interested in publicity stunts than helping animals. The truth is that our animals at SeaWorld are healthy and happy."

The Los Angeles Times reports PETA began protesting against SeaWorld after the release of the documentary "Blackfish," which portrays SeaWorld in a negative light.

SeaWorld claims "Blackfish" is "propaganda."

"Blackfish employs false and emotionally manipulative sequences concerning the collection and separation of killer whales."

Along with the right to advertise for a month, PETA and ACLU will receive $31,086 from the airport for attorney fees.
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