SeaWorld places full-page ads in major U.S. papers to correct 'inaccurate reports'

SeaWorld placed full-page ads in eight U.S. newspapers Friday, including the Orlando Sentinel, in response to recent criticism of its treatment of killer whales.
SeaWorld placed full-page ads in eight U.S. newspapers Friday, including the Orlando Sentinel, in response to recent criticism of its treatment of killer whales.
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Updated: 12/20/2013 1:22 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV) -- SeaWorld placed full-page ads in eight U.S. newspapers Friday, including the Orlando Sentinel, in response to recent criticism of its treatment of killer whales. SeaWorld also published the ad on its website.

SeaWorld said its message comes from 1,500 employees, which includes scientists, veterinarians and conservationists. The company said the ad corrects "inaccurate reports."

The ad defends the way SeaWorld cares for the 29 whales it has in captivity.

The ad doesn't specifically mention the "Blackfish" documentary, which chronicles the captivity of the killer whale that killed trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

However, it does say SeaWorld wants to "set the record straight," after a number of well-known performers backed out of concerts at the Orlando park, most citing the "Blackfish" controversy.

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