Did SeaWorld Try To Skew Online Poll Regarding Blackfish Controversy?

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A few days ago, the Orlando Business Journal published a poll that asked, ” Has CNN’s “Blackfish” documentary changed your perception of SeaWorld?” Initially, the voting registered in favor of No, it had no impact.

However, when the reporter who posted it looked at the initial batch of votes, he discovered more than half the votes in the poll were from SeaWorld’s IP address.

When asked about this anomaly, a SeaWorld spokesman told the Orlando Business Journal that the company encourages its employees to make their opinions known about the park and company.

I took the poll just prior to posting this article, and as of Saturday morning, had swung back to 79% Yes, 21% No. Over 1,500 votes had been cast. There is still time to cast yours, if you want, at the OBJ website.

Since the release of “Blackfish,” SeaWorld has had to deal with issues from losing acts for its Bands, Brew & BBQ event scheduled for next month, to picketing at its entrance. SeaWorld countered with an open letter promoting its animal care policies.

It looks like this may be an issue that will continue for a while. But go vote and let it be known how you feel.

SeaWorld Orlando Releases Open Letter Regarding the Backlash About Their Killer Whale Care

SeaWorld Orlando Open Letter

We wrote last week how almost all of the bands originally booked for SeaWorld Orlando‘s annual Beer, Bands, & BBQ, have cancelled amid online pressure triggered by the documentary “Blackfish” which criticized the water park’s treatment of whales.

Today, SeaWorld Orlando released an open letter addressing these criticisms. Here is that letter:

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SeaWorld: The Truth Is in Our Parks and People
An Open Letter from SeaWorld’s Animal Advocates

Inaccurate reports recently have generated questions about SeaWorld and the animals in our care. The truth is in our parks and people, and it’s time to set the record straight.

The men and women of SeaWorld are true animal advocates. We are the 1,500 scientists, researchers, veterinarians, trainers, marine biologists, aquarists, aviculturists, educators and conservationists who have dedicated our lives to the animals in our care as well as those in the wild that are injured, ill or orphaned. Whether it’s a sea lion, manatee, sea turtle or whale, we are on call 24/7.

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