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Group protests Southwest's partnership with SeaWorld

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A group of animal activists held a demonstration Wednesday outside Dallas Love Field to encourage Southwest Airlines to end its longstanding partnership with SeaWorld.

Southwest has a small number of jets painted to look like Shamu in its fleet. The airline said its relationship with SeaWorld is based on travel and bringing families together.

But the documentary film "Blackfish" has caused a backlash nationwide and argues Orcas are not suited to perform in captivity.

The activists protested at the entrance to Dallas Love Field on Wednesday and also delivered a Change.org petition they said had 27,000 signatures asking the airline to end its relationship with the theme park.

"These animals deserve to live a life out in the wild," one protestor told FOX4.

Several well-known figures in music have dropped out of SeaWorld's concert series due to allegation made in the documentary.

Southwest said it has no plans to end its contract, but is engaged with SeaWorld over the recent concerns and is "in a listening and education mode" on the issue.

SMU business analyst Mike Davis said stockholders and the bottom line will dictate what happens next.

"For Southwest this is going to be a business decision. It may be a hard decision, weighing the costs and benefits but Southwest will decide if the profits they make from the tie-in with Sea World are worth it," Davis said.

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