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Jana Kramer Hits Back At Criticism Over Taking Her Daughter To SeaWorld-Owned Theme Park!

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Jana Kramer defends going to Discovery Cove.

Jana Kramer is not backing down.

The singer and actress recently visited Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida with her 13-month-old daughter Jolie, and received quite a lot of backlash for patronizing the SeaWorld-owned theme park.

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In fact, the criticism was so intense that Jana removed the photo (above) she'd posted of herself with a dolphin. But later the country singer had a change of heart.

She reposted the photo and explained that although she may not be perfect, she stands by her decision to visit the theme park and introduce her daughter to all different types of animals. She also stated that she would do so again in the future.

Per her Instagram:

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Beloved SeaWorld Orca & Blackfish Documentary Subject Tilikum Passes Away At 36 — Read The Sad, Furious Fan Responses

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What a sad day for those who adored Tilikum.

On Friday morning, SeaWorld made the unfortunate announcement that the beloved and infamous orca had passed away at age 36 from a "complicated bacterical infection" in his lungs.

Fans first learned the sea creature was ill in spring of 2016.

Related: Ex SeaWorld Trainer Says SeaWorld Cares Little About Their Whales

As we previously reported, Tilikum was at the center of the anti-SeaWorld documentary Blackfish, which exposed the cruelties of capturing and raising killer whales in captivity. The unfortunate orca was the perfect subject as he was captured off the coast of Iceland in 1983 and had lived in marine parks ever since.

The moving doc also honed in on the death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at the park who died after Tilikum pulled her under the water and fatally drowned her during a live performance. The tragedy spurred SeaWorld to ban trainers from performing with orcas as well as a national conversation on poaching whales from the wild for entertainment purposes.

In the statement announcing Tilikum's death, SeaWorld also mentioned Dawn, writing:

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SeaWorld Orca Purposely Beaches Herself After Park Show! Watch The Horrifying Footage!

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This is just horrendous!

Last month Morgan, a SeaWorld-owned orca whale at an aquatic attraction in the Canary Islands, was recorded repetitively banging its head against her enclosure, desperately trying to escape its tiny confinement.

Now, new footage shows Morgan deliberately beaching herself after a show at Loro Parque back in May.

After performing for tourists, the killer whale launched herself onto a concrete slab, where she laid motionless for over 10 minutes — as tourists took selfies with the animal in the background.

Related: SeaWorld Is Going To STOP Breeding Killer Whales!

Though a few wild orca breeds are known to temporarily beach themselves while hunting, the animals remain in constant motion otherwise — even swimming while they sleep.

Richard O'Barry, founder of Dolphin Project, explained that Morgan's "bizarre behavior" would never be witnessed in the wild, noting:

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AWFUL! Footage Shows Stressed SeaWorld Orca Banging Head Over And Over Against Enclosure!

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This is so infuriating!

An orca (AKA killer whale) at an aquatic attraction in the Canary Islands was captured on video in distress, banging its head against the enclosure as it tried to escape its small confinement.

Ric O'Barry's organization, Dolphin Project, captured the video (above) at Loro Parque, an attraction in the Spanish island territory just off the coast of Africa, and it shows some distressing moments.

Related: Blackfish's Documentary Subject Is Dying!

The attraction apparently has six orca whales on premises, all of which are owned by SeaWorld. Four were sent there to breed, while one was born at the park, and the sixth was rescued from the wild.

It's that sixth whale — named Morgan — that O'Barry's activists believe is the one banging its head against the enclosure wall in the video.

Activists contend that she is stressed and scared in her enclosure, with one citing a study that observed her having trouble with a larger, more aggressive male orca that is affecting her quality of life:

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SeaWorld Is Going To STOP Breeding Killer Whales — Sea Their Announcement About A 'New Direction'!

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There has been a lot of pressure put on SeaWorld for its questionable treatment of its animals — particularly after the release of the hit documentary Blackfish.

After the declining health of famous orca Tilikum, the popular animal park has finally decided to cave to protestors.

SeaWorld announced Thursday morning they will end their killer whale breeding program and take a "new direction".

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The 24 orcas that are spread out across three theme parks will ultimately be the final generation of killer whales kept in captivity.

The company released a statement saying:

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Barbie Is So Over SeaWorld — Mattel Pulls Animal Trainer Dolls From Shelves!

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Barbie is an independent woman who doesn't need no man! And it looks like the doesn't need SeaWorld any longer either!

That's because the Mattel mainstay has officially quit her job as a whale trainer at the controversial aquarium chain.

The toy giant announced on Wednesday that they would no longer be making Barbie's SeaWorld Wildlife Rescuer Doll following all of the public backlash Shamu's captive's have been facing ever since Blackfish came out.

Following the decision, SeaWorld released as statement, saying:

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SeaWorld Loses Appeal In Court! Turns Out It's Dangerous To Work With Deadly Killer Whales!

SeaWorld lost an appeal case, basically meaning that they are in fact at fault for a killer whale killing a trainer!

SeaWorld hasn't been shown in the best light these days…

Maybe it's because of the horrible way they keep majestic sea creatures trapped.

Thankfully, a proposed bill in California might make it illegal for SeaWorld to have orcas!

Even a former SeaWorld trainer said they barely care about

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