Sea World CEO has admitted that they were spying on animal activists. One of the employees was posing as an animal-welfare activist to spy on critics.
CEO Joel Manby admitted 7 months after People for Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) accused Sea World of spying, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
“We recognise the need to ensure that all of our security and other activities align with our core values and ethical standards,” said Mandy.
He further stated,” As always, the security and well-being of our employees, customers and animals remain at the forefront of our business practices.”
In its statement Sea World said, “Following the completion of an investigation conducted by independent outside counsel the board has directed that the company’s management team end a practice in which certain employees posed as animal rights activists in connection with efforts to maintain the safety and security of company employees, customers, and animals in the face of credible threats that the company had received.”
PETA said that an activist Thomas Jones was actually Paul McComb, a human resource employee in Sea World San Diego. Jones according to PETA, tried to cozy up to PETA employees and also the people who objected to the company’s practices, to collect inside information.
After McCombs identity was exposed he was placed on an administrative leave during an internal investigation. The company recently informed that he had been shifted to a different department.
PETA senior Vice President Lisa Lange accused Sea World of getting desperate and creating a corporate espionage campaign as the company knew that people were rejecting its cruel orca prisons.
According to NBC News the theme park is trying to change its family friendly image after the documentary “Blackfish”. The documentary raised question about the link between orca whales which were in captivity in the theme park and their violent behaviour. The criticism, backlashes and shrinking revenues made Sea World to decide and close the orca shows in San Diego.
Animal cruelty in the name of entertainment is abundant across the world. Recently, there were strict oppositions from animal rights activists on dolphin circuses which are extremely popular in Kyrgyzstan and some other countries.