SeaWorld Entertainment is a company in a lot of trouble at the moment. A documentary exposing the violent behavior of their killer whales and a possible link between violence and captivity has caused the company to permanently shelf the very reason for its existence, the killer whale show, at some of its parks. The company faces criticism from all circles, but it’s the pernicious activists of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that have caused the most trouble for the company. SeaWorld had an employee join PETA protests to find out what the animal rights group had planned.
SeaWorld says it had credible threats when employee Paul McComb joined the group. He protested out in front of San Diego, and he joined PETA in protesting SeaWorld’s presence in the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. McComb was put on leave, then reinstated to a different position within the company. To PETA, that makes him a spy. To SeaWorld, that makes him a one-time incident that won’t happen again.
“We recognize the need to ensure that all of our security and other activities align with our core values and ethical standards. As always, the security and well-being of our employees, customers and animals remain at the forefront of our business practices,” said Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
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