PETA considers ads at Orlando International Airport

Posters would ask tourists to 'avoid SeaWorld'

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, confirms they are working on an advertising campaign at Orlando International Airport targeting SeaWorld.

Spokeswoman Lindsey Rajt tells Local 6 PETA is "looking at and considering it."

News of the campaign comes the same day PETA unveils a similar advertising campaign at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, which they had to file a lawsuit in order to launch.

San Diego's airport fought the ad claiming it was an advocacy ad, which the airport said they do not accept for use within the terminal.

PETA and the American Civil Liberties Union both fought the airport over the decision with all of the sides reaching a settlement, which allowed the poster to go up for 28 days.

The advertisement campaign comes on the heels of the release of the movie, "Blackfish," which claimed animals at SeaWorld's parks are not treated humanely.

"SeaWorld doesn't need to go away," Rajt told Local 6. "They need to modernize. You can't keep doing the same shows. There's no reason they can't dedicate themselves to animal rehabilitation and present it to the public in a more humane way."

SeaWorld responded to the advertising campaign in San Diego by saying, "PETA is an extremist organization, and this ad demonstrates that, once again, they are more interested in publicity stunts than helping animals. The truth is that our animals at SeaWorld are healthy and happy."

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