Tuesday, March 9, 2010
SAN DIEGO Neither a protest from the animal rights group PETA nor the recent death of trainer of killer whales has hurt business at SeaWorld. A spokesman for San Diego's biggest tourist attraction says attendance has been solid.
SeaWorld San Diego doesn't release its annual revenue. But company spokesman Dave Koontz says business has been good.
He says the only change since the trainer's death in Orlando is staff no longer get in the water with the animals.
Koontz says it's been full speed ahead at SeaWorld.
"The only impact on our attendance has been related to actual inclement weather, or forecasted inclement weather," Koontz says. "Other than that our attendance has been fine."
Earlier today, a plane flew over the park towing a banner that said "SeaWorld: Let Whales and Dolphins Out of Prison. PETA."
Koontz dismissed the protest, saying Sea World's animals are treated with the utmost care.