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Nicole

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"Rides" is a theme?

Why on earth is a food site rating theme and amusement parks anyway? They admit they base their ranking on online reviews, not their own experience and expertise. Maybe if they visited every park in America and rated their food, I'd care what they think.

*Rolls Eyes*
 
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Any list that puts SOTB in as a theme park should be immediately discredited. I mean that's just ridiculous SOTB is a road-side tourist trap with a little bit of everything not a theme park.
 
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Also, anyone making a list that bases their "review" on other sources rather than doing the work themselves shouldn't even write said story. Let alone a food site. Alas, these days anyone with a web site can write a "news story". The worse part is how many take what they read on the internet as solid truth. There's lots of shite out there to the uneducated.
 
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The drama doesn't end with Tilikum's death, it seems:

"As legally required, SeaWorld notified the federal government how its infamous killer whale Tilikum died: of bacterial pneumonia.

"Other details about his health and death, such as whether he had injuries, remain unknown. Animal welfare groups have been pushing for a release of Tilkum’s full necropsy.

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"But details about deaths of whales and dolphins in captivity have been shielded from the public since 1994, when Congress amended the Marine Mammal Protection Act after industry lobbying.

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"SeaWorld Entertainment vice president of science and research Judy St. Leger argues his necropsy doesn’t need to be public because the company is already using Tilikum’s tissues in more than a dozen studies that will be published when complete. The research ranges from a metabolic study on how many calories orcas need to high school science fair work on whale genetics, St. Leger said.

“'The value isn’t in the necropsy,' St. Leger said."

Full article:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-bz-seaworld-necropsy-results-tilikum-20170209-story.html
 

Nicole

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PETA won't stop:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-bz-cfb-tourism-column-02202017-story.html

"In December, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals submitted a resolution calling for the retirement of SeaWorld’s orcas to ocean pens.

"PETA owns SeaWorld shares. Investors that own enough stock in a public company can place such resolutions on its proxy statement. Investors vote on them at the annual shareholder meetings.

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"SeaWorld has written to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asking whether the staff agrees the proposal can be excluded.

"In its letter, SeaWorld argues that PETA’s proposal is vague. Also, the company says, “it is well-known to the proponent that no `seaside sanctuaries’ currently exist.”

"PETA has tried several times to get SeaWorld investors to vote on the issue. The group had to withdraw one resolution after SeaWorld said its shares didn't meet the minimum value needed. PETA said the value fell beneath the minimum required because of SeaWorld's stock decline. PETA’s original resolution was blocked in 2014 because federal rules require shareholders to have held stock for at least a year before submitting resolutions. SeaWorld had been a publicly traded company for less than a year, so no stockholder could meet that threshold."


http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0428-peta-seaworld-20160427-story.html

"SeaWorld may have announced last month that it is phasing out captive orcas for public display, but the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the theme park to go even further and send its marine animals to "
'seaside sanctuaries.'

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"But SeaWorld officials said in a statement that the discussion is a non-starter. Given the ages of the animals, the length of time they've spent with humans and the relationships they've formed with other whales, SeaWorld said transporting the orcas to sea pens would do more harm than good."
 
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Didn't Joel Manby himself make a remark recently about the possibility of SeaWorld considering these enclosures as an alternative? If he said anything like that, I wonder if the guy really has a more secret (better) plan.

I do believe the tide may turn, but having a spokesperson like himself making those statements might prevent any chances of significant changes in the future.
 

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SeaWorld subject of federal probes related to CNN's 'Blackfish' documentary

CNN said:
SeaWorld revealed in a public filing Friday that two federal agencies are investigating the company for matters related to CNN's "Blackfish" documentary.

The company said it's the subject of separate probes -- one from the Justice Department and another by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The investigations are looking into "disclosures and public statements" made by company executives in August 2014 or earlier "regarding the impact of the 'Blackfish' documentary" and SeaWorld's stock, according to the public filing.

The filing states that the company's board of directors formed a special committee earlier this month to help SeaWorld respond to the inquiries. The company says it "has cooperated with these government inquiries and intends to continue to cooperate with any government requests or inquiries."
 
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I think that article was the first time that I saw CNN use the term "alleged mistreatment". This whole thing could be a witchhunt. If they find PETA and CNN's allegations to be false, will they have to pay for the damage they have caused SeaWorld? Someone please tell me any possible bright side of this for SeaWorld.
 
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^They SHOULD have to pay SeaWorld some kind of public shaming thing for libel/slander. (thanks mjm1ahoney3!:p) I know there is a specific term I am thinking of and of course it's not popping into my head at the moment. (I shall edit this post if/when I think of it!)

That being said, I kinda doubt it will happen. There are still so many (sorry) idiots out there who are all anti-SeaWorld and whatnot. It may depend on who exactly is handling the investigations.
 
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ElsaManta said:
^They SHOULD have to pay SeaWorld some kind of public shaming thing. I know there is a specific term I am thinking of and of course it's not popping into my head at the moment. (I shall edit this post if/when I think of it!)

That being said, I kinda doubt it will happen. There are still so many (sorry) idiots out there who are all anti-SeaWorld and whatnot. It may depend on who exactly is handling the investigations.
Legal speaking, the terms are libel and slander.
 
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