SeaWorld is seemingly vying for the title of world’s worst corporation.
This week, company officials admitted that several employees went undercover and posed as animal rights activists. It attempted to justify this by saying
the action was meant to protect the company “from credible threats.”
Officials for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals initially accused SeaWorld of sending spies last year. Specifically, PETA fingered Paul T.
McComb, who works in SeaWorld’s human resources department. McComb pretended to be a protestor named Thomas Jones.
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SeaWorld told the world of its subterfuge in an earnings call, and later posted a blog post about it, which contained
the following passage:
… 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.
McComb was initially put on administrative leave pending an investigation. The SeaWorld blog post states that he “has returned to work at SeaWorld in a
SeaWorld’s chief, Joel Manby, issued a statement that said the companies actions should “align with [SeaWorld’s] core values and ethical standards”:
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.
This is just the latest step in a downward spiral for SeaWorld, which began with the damning 2013 documentary “Blackfish.” The film went into great detail
to prove a point that should be logic: Whales would prefer not to live in swimming pools.