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Documentary paints SeaWorld in negative light over killer whale training

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Updated: 7/27/2013 12:29 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV) -- A new documentary paints a scathing picture of how SeaWorld allegedly treats its killer whales.

SeaWorld has not commented on-camera yet about the documentary "Blackfish," which hit theaters across the country Friday.

The trailer for the documentary begins with a horrifying chapter in Orlando tourism history, a 911 call about the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau.

The documentary goes much deeper and is aimed at the culture of killer whale training and captivity.

Channel 9's Steve Barrett asked tourists if shedding light more light on the controversy would turn them away from SeaWorld.

"You have to make a choice, and this year we did not choose SeaWorld, we chose Busch Gardens and Universal, and this, really, we won't go," said tourist Magaly Hunts. "I hope it helps the animals."

Other tourists said they won't change their plans.

"It's unfortunate that they have to be in captivity, but it can be educational for the children and they can learn more and more," said tourist Lavoris Hair. "We can't send them in the ocean and have them learn about killer whales."

The woman who directed the documentary said she is not an animal activist, only a documentarian.


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