Last summer PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) accused the SeaWorld park in San Diego of infiltrating its ranks, participating in rallies and inciting its members to take violent action. The aim? To discredit the activists in the eyes of the public.
According to PETA it was Paul McComb who had the task of passing as a militant animal rights activist. During several marches, he sent out messages encouraging violence and “direct action” over social media.
Still according to PETA Paul McComb used the pseudonym Thomas Jones to speak out in the name of animal activists. His tweet below from 23rd August 2015 reads "#Blackfish is going to put #SeaWorld out of business. If they don't the protester will just burn it to the ground."
After this Paul McComb was suspended. He has since resumed work for the company. For Tracy Reiman, executive vice-president of PETA, these revelations from the 25th February confirms the fear of her association.
She adds "SeaWorld’s latest report confirms not only that the company has employed more than one spy to infiltrate and agitate at PETA but also that it values its spies more highly than the executives who have had their heads chopped off in droves, as at least one of the spies is still working at the company."
Just after the announcement Seaworld's stockdropped 10%.
Since Blackfish came out in 2013, denouncing the appalling conditions these marine mammals are kept in, there was a significant outcry from the Amercian public, heartbroken by the sad fate of these animals.