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February 3, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
A procedural rule will keep SeaWorld shareholders from considering a plan by animal rights activists to invest in whale sanctuaries. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tried to bring the idea to shareholders in response to the documentary "Blackfish," which alleges mistreatment of captive killer whales at the parks. SeaWorld has refuted the allegations raised in "Blackfish. " As owners of 80 shares in SeaWorld Entertainment, PETA can suggest proposals to be included in proxy material mailed to all shareholders.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes and Seema Mehta
Sixteen people protesting a SeaWorld float in the Rose Parade on Wednesday were arrested, according to the Pasadena Police Department. The SeaWorld float, which depicted a boy snorkeling above sea life including orcas, was surrounded by heavy security throughout the parade. As the float headed toward the grandstand on Orange Grove Boulevard, several protesters with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ran in front of the float, wearing shirts reading “SeaWorld Hurts Orcas” and waving signs urging the boycott of the amusement park.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Facing a mounting public-relations crisis, SeaWorld has finally responded to charges of animal mistreatment made in this year's documentary "Blackfish. " On Friday, SeaWorld paid to publish an open letter in eight newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, emphasizing its care for killer whales. Though the full-page advertisement does not address "Blackfish" by name, the majority of the points made in the letter refute allegations made in the film. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, "Blackfish" investigates the death of Dawn Brancheau, a SeaWorld trainer who was killed by an orca named Tilikum during a performance at the theme park in 2010.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
"You stay classy, San Diego" is the most-quoted line from fictional San Diego news anchorman Ron Burgundy in the 2004 film "Anchorman: The Ron Burgundy Legend. " What places in the city evoke Will Ferrell's over-the-top character, who returns this month in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"? There are some touchstones if you know where to look, but, unlike Burgundy, they're subtle. Candice Eley, public relations manager for the San Diego Tourism Authority , says people do associate the destination with Ron Burgundy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Animal-rights activists dressed as orcas will be protesting Wednesday at two Colorado Boulevard intersections in Pasadena over the design of the SeaWorld float for the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Eight people in whale costumes will post themselves at Colorado's intersections with Fair Oaks Avenue and De Lacey Avenue at noon, said  David Perle, a PETA spokesman.   The design for the SeaWorld-sponsored float -- called Sea of Surprises, which is to be built by Fiesta Parade Floats -- features a snorkeler, whales, a sea turtle and brightly colored reef.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Attendance at SeaWorld parks across the country has dropped 6% in the first half of the year, but is the decline due to bad publicity or bad weather? SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has endured some harsh publicity lately with the debut this summer of "Blackfish," a documentary about the treatment of orca whales in captivity. In its latest financial report, SeaWorld Entertainment reported attendance of 10.1 million in its 11 parks in the first half of the year, down from 10.7 million in the same period in 2012.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
Attendance at SeaWorld parks across the country has dropped 6% in the first half of the year, but is the decline due to bad publicity or bad weather? SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has endured some harsh publicity lately with the debut this summer of "Blackfish," a documentary about the mistreatment of orca whales in captivity, particularly at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida. In its latest financial report, SeaWorld Entertainment reported attendance of 10.1 million in its 11 parks in the first half of the year, down from 10.7 million in the same period in 2012.
OPINION
August 4, 2013
Re "End the killer whale circus," Editorial, Aug. 1 Thank you so much for the editorial about the documentary "Blackfish. " I saw this documentary last week in Hollywood about Tilikum, the orca responsible for the death of a trainer at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., in 2010. Not only were some of the ex-SeaWorld trainers crying over the treatment of the whales, but they told of how the mother whales shrieked when their calves were taken from them and shipped to other parks. I would say the marine parks have a lot to answer for, as they misrepresent the lives of the whales in captivity (which, by the way, live longer in the wild)
NEWS
July 31, 2013 | By Karin Klein
The weekday matinee showing of “Blackfish” drew about 30 paying customers in a theater with seats for 250. Mainly older couples, though there was a trio of brawny guys, so big they seemed unlikely to fit into a single seat each, wearing muscle shirts that showed off the tattoos that thoroughly covered their arms, and joking nonstop. Not the likeliest audience for a documentary about captive whales, screening in an art cinema. Critics almost uniformly praised the film about captive killer whales and the trainers they have injured and, a few times, killed.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
There is a kind of denial we cling to when it comes to wild creatures in captivity. As if the smiling, performing orcas of SeaWorld are content to trade freedom for fish and applause. "Blackfish," director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's excellent new documentary, should change that. The film's focus is on SeaWorld's Tilikum, whose attack on veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau led to her horrific death in front of a theme-park audience (most of that footage isn't shown). SeaWorld representatives, who declined Cowperthwaite's interview overtures, have slammed the finished film as inaccurate and misleading.
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