People all across the country were able to see SeaWorld defend itself after recent criticism stemming from the CNN documentary Blackfish.

On Friday, SeaWorld put out a full page ad in major newspapers across the country, defending its parks and the way they treat their animals.

The film Blackfish builds a case about why many believe that killer whales should not be kept in captivity. Since then, several musical artists have canceled upcoming concerts at SeaWorld, and one elementary class canceled a field trip.

In Friday's ad, SeaWorld said it hasn't collected a killer whale from the wild in 35 years. It also said it invests millions of dollars into the care of killer whales, and there are research benefits, as well.

There s no disputing that SeaWorld is a major attraction in San Antonio. The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau sent KENS 5 the following statement:

SeaWorld San Antonio along with our other great attractions, culture, history, events and more -- is part of what makes San Antonio a powerhouse destination especially from a family travel perspective which has always been so critical for our City it s important to remember that the hospitality industry employs more than 112,000 local folks and contributes to the quality of life of all of us who live here. Also we have experienced first-hand for many years that SeaWorld is a tremendously responsible partner passionate about conservation, and absolutely world class in protecting the animals in their care. The welfare of wildlife comes first with SeaWorld and through their programs, research, and the education they provide, have done a great deal of good in raising awareness in this area.

KENS 5 reached out to SeaWorld San Antonio for an on-camera interview, but that request was denied.

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