Blackfish fallout hits Busch Gardens

By John Ambrogne, Producer, jambrogne@wkmg.com
Published On: Jan 15 2014 11:57:51 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 11:26:30 AM EST
Busch Gardens
TAMPA, Fla. -

Fallout over the controversial documentary Blackfish has now spread from SeaWorld in Orlando to Busch Gardens in Tampa.

Busch Gardens announced on its Facebook page Wednesday night The Beach Boys and Pat Benatar will not perform scheduled concerts at the park coming up later this year. They join nearly a dozen musical acts that cancelled similar performances at SeaWorld in Orlando over the past few months.

Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld. The company has come under increasing pressure because of a documentary highlighting the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

SeaWorld has fought back against the protests saying the people behind them are "misinformed." Officials at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld say they're working to find replacement acts for the upcoming concerts.

Meanwhile, Blackfish was not nominated in the Best Documentary category for the Oscars.

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