SeaWorld wants to keep its partnership with state

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Oct 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-17 11:54:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - SeaWorld says it wants to keep working with state officials.

An animal rights group wants the Department of Education to break off their connection with the company. The state in late September briefly removed all references to SeaWorld from a website list of field trips and discounts available for teachers.

But that decision was made without permission from Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. The state removed the deputy communications director who approved removing references to SeaWorld.

In a statement SeaWorld said children have benefited from the company's partnership with the state. SeaWorld said it wants to continue its relationship with DOE to "inspire the next generation of Floridians to care for and preserve our natural world."

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is highly critical of SeaWorld for holding killer whales captive at its theme parks including one located in Orlando.