SeaWorld has just admited it spied on animal activists

Andrea A.
26/2/2016

On the 25th of February, the american company SeaWorld admitted that they had infiltrated certain animal rights groups.

This new development in the story can only further damage SeaWorlds reputation, following the waves of criticism it has been under for several years because of the sad fate of its captive orcas.

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Source: @PETA

In a statement, SeaWorlds managenent explained that they had been told to “end the practice in which certain employees posed as animal rights activists".

According to the company, tThis activity was undertaken in connection with efforts to maintain the safety and security of employees, customers and animals in the face of credible threats".

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Source: @PixaBay

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.

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Source: @RT.com

https://twitter.com/peta/status/620968500329234432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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."

https://twitter.com/ThomasJ49711178/status/503257192812654592?lang=fr

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%.

Source: @FreeLolitaTheOrca

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.

Featured image: @Mike Blake / Reuters

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