SAN DIEGO (CNS) - About 150 people taking part in a worldwide protest of the captivity of killer whales picketed outside SeaWorld San Diego theme park Saturday.
Picketers, part of the "Empty The Tanks" movement, held demonstrations throughout the world at aquatic theme parks including Australia, Japan, Texas, Florida and SeaWorld San Diego at 500 Sea World Drive.
"The protesters' claims and accusations are without merit," SeaWorld San Diego's communications director Dave Koontz said. "There is no organization more passionately committed to the physical, mental and social care and well-being of animals than SeaWorld. The real advocates for animals are the trainers, aviculturists, animal care staff and veterinarians at SeaWorld."
The worldwide protest comes in the wake of "Blackfish," a recently released film that alleges SeaWorld mistreats its killer whales.
"We must let SeaWorld and all captive facilities know that we will not stop being a voice for these precious creatures who have lost their right to freedom, their right to live a natural life, and are now imprisoned,
artificially inseminated and forced to perform `tricks' for food, all for human entertainment," Ellen Ericksen, the local spokeswoman for Empty the Tanks said Friday in a prepared statement.
Koontz said the protest of the park took place without incident. He said more than 30,000 visitors were expected today at SeaWorld San Diego.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Showers will be mostly light Saturday morning, decreasing into early Saturday afternoon. Another round of showers expected to push through late afternoon ending late Saturday night.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The owners of Hauser's Patio reached out to News 8 Friday morning asking to be put in contact with the couple who had their furniture stolen from their patio in Pacific Beach this week.