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SeaWorld Entertainment, beset by the documentary Blackfish, which blasts the company's treatment of orcas, on December 20 placed ads in several newspapers, including the U-T. SeaWorld has a park here. The ads attempt to exonerate the company from charges of orca mistreatment.

Eight musical acts have now canceled scheduled appearances at the company's annual "Bands, Brew & BBQ" concert series that starts in February in Orlando. Those that have cancled, mainly citing the documentary, are .38 Special, Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson, Heart, Cheap Trick, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, and REO Speedwagon.

The company has issued an open letter, saying it does not capture kiler whales in the wild, does not separate killer whales from their calves, invests millions of dollars in the care of whales, and is a leader in animal rescue. Also, the life spans of SeaWorld's killer whales are equivalent with those in the wild, claims the Orlando-based company.

SeaWorld Entertainment stock was hanging in there at $29.36 on Friday, December 20.

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Don Bauder Dec. 21, 2013 @ 3:06 p.m.

shirleyberan: I'd sell the stock, but not over that documentary controversy. I've thought it was overpriced since the time it went public. When you compare its financial statistics with those of comparable theme parks, it is expensive.

Wall Street won't pay attention to the documentary unless SeaWorld has to give up the orca acts; that would be a threat to earnings. Best, Don Bauder

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Ken Harrison Dec. 22, 2013 @ 2:51 a.m.

The only thing I know about this controversy is that when hundreds of seal pups got separated from their moms last spring, who showed up, all up and down our SoCal coast, to rescue, rehabilitate, and release? Those filthy corporate pigs at Sea World. How dare they?

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Don Bauder Dec. 22, 2013 @ 7:34 a.m.

Ken Harrison: SeaWorld gets good publicity when it performs such acts of mercy. I don't recall that there were hundreds of seal pups, however. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Dec. 22, 2013 @ 8 a.m.

One thing is separate from the other. Whales alive but not liiving, cramped in small enclosures and being a circus attraction is not animal rescue.

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Don Bauder Dec. 22, 2013 @ 9 p.m.

shirleyberan: True. Some people oppose zoos for the same reason. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Dec. 22, 2013 @ 8:02 a.m.

Is not animal education either, obvious exploitation and thrill of profit motive.

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Don Bauder Dec. 22, 2013 @ 9:01 p.m.

shirleyberan: All publicly-owned corporations put profits first. If one says it doesn't put profits first, assume top management is lying. Best, Don Bauder

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