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SeaWorld is understandably defensive about "Blackfish," the highly acclaimed documentary by Gabriela Cowperthwaite that reveals the dangerous truth about the risks involving orcas held captive. The film has prompted various online petitions demanding that the park release its orcas and a variety of musical acts have cancelled their upcoming SeaWorld shows. As Indiewire reported, SeaWorld took out full page ads in major papers around the country on Friday defending itself against allegations made in the documentary, which has been shortlisted for a best documentary Academy Award. The ad's first two bullet points counter the arguments made in "Blackfish," but don't actually name the film, saying "SeaWorld does not capture killer whales in the wild." and "We do not separate killer whale moms and calves."   But the Oceanic Preservation Society (Ops) -- an organization made up of individuals responsible for the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" is circulating a »

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