The Blackfish Effect rolls on. SeaWorld has lost visitors at their parks, musicians have refused to play at their events, other performers have demanded that they not even play their recorded music during their shows, and plenty of celebs are sharing their distaste for the park’s cruel treatment of animals on social media. The latest SeaWorld partnership to dissolve thanks to public outcry is fast food giant, Taco Bell.
Animal advocates gave Taco Bell plenty of food for thought when it was learned that Taco Bell was giving away discounted tickets to SeaWorld. One Change.org petition with 20k+ signatures later, a Taco Bell spokesperson has announced that their partnership will end in September.
Rob Poetsch, a spokesperson for Taco Bell, told The Dodo via email, “This was a limited-time, regional promotion that was over in April. The offer remains valid through September 1, 2014 and therefore the site will remain active online until that date. We don’t have any future plans for promotions.”
Another battle SeaWorld lost this week is the displaying of an anti-SeaWorld ad from PETA in the San Diego airport. Ecorazzi reported on this story back in March, but we’re pleased to share that the ad is, indeed, going up after PETA and the ACLU sued the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
“Nothing is more fundamental to the First Amendment than the principle that government may not silence speech because of its viewpoint,” said David Loy, legal director at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, in a statement. “We are glad this case resulted in the vindication of PETA’s free-speech right to reach San Diego visitors on the same terms as any other advertiser.”
The ad, which features actress and San Diego native, Kathy Najimy, reads, “Welcome to San Diego! If you love animals like I do, please avoid SeaWorld.”
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