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Group says A-B's Sea World park mistreats whale.

A full page advertisement in the April 2 New York Times asked for readers' support in a campaign to persuade Anheuser-Busch to free a performing whale from its Sea World amusement park in San Diego.

The Free Corky Project is sponsored by In Defense of Animals, a California-based animal rights advocacy group, and endorsed by 18 other groups worldwide.

Under a banner headline reading "Isn't it a shame about Shamu?" the ad tells "a true story about a 28-year old orca, known as Corky, who performs at an amusement park under the stage name 'Shamu.'"

For 23 years the whale "has been jumping on command, ridden on by trainers, fed dead fish, and then been sent back to the holding tank where she swims around and around, because there is no way out."

Captive orcas are expected to live less than 10 years, while free orcas can live up to 70 years. Eight orcas have died at Sea World since 1987. Corky has health problems and is getting weak, the ad says, but the advocacy group believes the whale can be successfully reintroduced into the ocean community.

The ad claims that Anheuser-Busch has made so much money from the whale they "would rather keep Corky until she dies than let her go home to her family... Tell Anheuser-Busch to let Corky go!"

Clip-out appeal coupons at the bottom of the page are addressed to August A. Busch III, president and chief executive officer of Anheuser-Busch, as well as Congressman Gerry Studds.
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Title Annotation:Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.; Sea World of San Diego
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Apr 12, 1993
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