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Four protesters wearing orca costumes arrested outside SeaWorld in San Diego

February 5, 2011 |  3:49 pm

Peta Four protesters wearing orca costumes were arrested Saturday for blocking the entrance to the SeaWorld park in San Diego.

The four, part of an hourlong protest organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, were cited and released without being jailed. PETA argues that it is abusive to keep orcas in captivity.

Despite the arrests, PETA leaders feel the protest was successful and plan further protests in San Diego and other SeaWorld parks.

"We got a lot of honks and waves from people going by," said PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt. "We'll be back."

A SeaWorld spokesman called the PETA allegations false. "It's once again disappointing that PETA spends most of its time engaging in publicity stunts (rather than) actually helping animals," the spokesman said.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Heather Drennan, 28, of Los Angeles is taken into custody by San Diego police for blocking the entrance to SeaWorld. Credit: PETA