Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Boycott SeaWorld. 2010 Attendance Down. Face the Music or Die.

Looks like a sad reality is catching up to SeaWorld, but they might not be wise enough to admit that abuse of animals has something to do with it. Hospitality and Travel News reported that attendance at SeaWorld slumped for the third year in a row. If this was baseball, SeaWorld would be called Out at the plate.

SeaWorld's spokesman, David Koontz, tried his best to downplay this very significant trend by blaming a slumping economy and an unseasonably cold Summer. Nice try, Mr. Koontz, but that does not make sense. Why is it then that other theme parks like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, and Disney California Adventure all realized an increase in attendance? Last time I checked, these companies were part of the same economy and Summer season.

Treat your animals with dignity, SeaWorld. Consider giving them up altogether. It's not the economy nor the weather; it's your reputation. In the meantime, let's continue to boycott SeaWorld, and make them understand the error in their ways, the hard way.

Here are the stats as provided by Hospitality and Travel News:

2010 Attendance figures:

- Disneyland: 15,980,000, up .5 percent

- Disney California Adventure: 6,278,000, up 3 percent

- Universal Studios Hollywood, 5,040,000, up 26 percent

- SeaWorld San Diego, 3,800,000, down 9.5 percent

- Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, 3,600,000, up 8 percent

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