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

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.


"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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Sergeant May 23 2014 at 6:21 AM

If PETA is against it, I'm all for it...

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patriot1too May 23 2014 at 6:37 AM

We love Sea World and will always go there. Shame on that peta thug gang.

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Cynthia Ellis May 23 2014 at 7:51 AM

PETA are cowards. Never have the guts to go after muslims halal foods. For you Huffers, halal means ritual killing where the animals suffer a slit throat and struggle to survive while painfully bleeding to death.

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bicycle53 May 23 2014 at 5:37 AM

PETA IS A KILLING MACHINE. they have killed over 30,200 pets .

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Joel bicycle53 May 23 2014 at 6:58 AM

You are a killing machine. You have murdered 10 people.

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Michele bicycle53 May 23 2014 at 7:56 AM

And jobs

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paul g Michele May 23 2014 at 11:18 AM

Actually Sea World creates jobs.

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onionson May 23 2014 at 5:51 AM

I wonder what percentage of PETA people are pro abortion.

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mpiastra May 23 2014 at 5:51 AM

seaworld is great!

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Hannah Elizabeth Gib mpiastra June 02 2014 at 9:24 AM

Do some research before you think to quickly on that.....

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Chuck May 23 2014 at 7:58 AM

So basically, businesses MUST accept every ad, regardless. The dicatator state lives.

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gramcar2 May 23 2014 at 7:47 AM

They should be more concerned about feeding children that have no food or home to live in!!

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karen May 23 2014 at 8:11 AM

Taking healthy beautiful animals out of their environment to MAKE MONEY is immoral and cruel. The way in which circuses and zoos capture and transport these beautiful creatures is also cruel. To capture, care and keep wounded animals who cannot survive in their natural habitats is commendable. There is a moral and kind way to behave, but keeping wild animals caged to make money is not one of them.

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Joel May 23 2014 at 7:00 AM

I have a proposition for you. I'll provide you with food, shelter and healthcare for the rest of your life. In exchange, you'll have to perform tricks, give me your offspring, and remain in my home for the rest of your life. Sound familiar?

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