San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau statement, executive director, Casandra Matej:

“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.”