This Bud's For Shamu. Not

August Busch III may be wishing his company had stuck to beer. On Apr. 2, a coalition of animal-rights groups plunked down $14,000 for a full-page ad in The New York Times demanding that Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser, release Corky. What's a Corky? It's the killer whale at Anheuser's Sea World theme park in San Diego. The group says the 28-year-old orca, better known as Shamu, suffers in captivity. If Corky isn't freed, "she will drop dead in the bottom of a tank," says the group's development director, Raymond Chavez. But Sea World vet James McBain says Corky is in good health. "We could be sentencing her to death if we let her go," he says. The whale's partisans don't buy that. To force the issue, they're calling for a Bud boycott. And they dragged a "Free Corky" banner above the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on Apr. 6. The Cardinals, of course, play at Busch Stadium.

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