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San Diego airport agrees to post PETA anti-Sea World ad

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego International Airport has agreed to post an animal rights ad urging tourists to avoid SeaWorld.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California announced Wednesday that airport regulators agreed to settle a lawsuit by permitting the ad to be posted for a month in a terminal.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it will unveil the ad Thursday.

PETA sued after the airport's advertising vendor refused to accept $17,500 for the ad featuring actress Kathy Najimy of the HBO show "Veep" saying, "If you love animals like I do, please avoid SeaWorld."

PETA opposes the San Diego park's use of captive killer whales.

It argued that the airport accepted ads from other nonprofits, and from SeaWorld.

SeaWorld's communications director David Koontz released the following statement Wednesday:

"PETA is an extremist organization and this ad demonstrates that, once again, they are more interested in publicity stunts than helping animals. The truth is that our animals at SeaWorld are healthy and happy. We are dedicated to their well-being. There is no organization more passionately committed to the physical, mental and social care and well-being of animals than SeaWorld, and the real advocates for animals are our trainers, aviculturists, animal-care staff and veterinarians. Most people recognize that SeaWorld, not PETA, is the real animal welfare organization. Information on our commitment to the animals in our care can be found at seaworld.com/truth."

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