Something is fishy at SeaWorld, and it’s not the marine animals. After growing suspicions that the company was sending employees to infiltrate anti-SeaWorld protests, CEO Joel Manby finally admitted this Thursday that the decision was not only deliberate, but that it came from the aquarium’s management.
PETA accused the already ill-reputed aquatic circus of spying when, following a 2014 arrest of supposed animal rights activist Thomas Jones and other SeaWorld protestors, it was discovered that despite his being taken into custody, no one named Jones was in the police department records. Further investigations revealed that the address Jones used to sign up for PETA membership belonged to a post office box registered to SeaWorld San Diego’s director of security. Jones looks suspiciously identical to SeaWorld human resources employee Paul McComb.
In a statement to the Orlando Sentinel, Manby said that the company’s board of directors had “directed management to end the practice in which certain employees posed as animal-welfare activists. This activity was undertaken in connection with efforts to maintain the safety and security of employees, customers and animals in the face of credible threats.”
File this under: yet another strike against a dishonest company falling rapidly from public favor. We can’t say we didn’t see this coming.
Images via PETA and Flickr Creative Commons