Sea World's at it Again: UPDATE
Breaking News: With all of our talk about protecting whistleblowers we now come to an interesting instance of corporate espionage (Sea World) against a group that regularly attempts to do the infiltrating (PETA). Enter Sea World employee Paul McComb AKA Thomas Jones. McComb has been at several protests and was even arrested alongside fellow protestors in order to gain access to more information.
Sea World “blames ‘extreme’ animal rights groups for its spying” and stated that “we do not comment on our security operations.”
What do you think? Sea World has been a hot topic as of late, especially since the release of Blackfish in 2013 – which they’ve directly responded to with a detailed addition to their website, seaworldcares.com, even taking out Google ads to top out all searches for “blackfish.”
UPDATE: Sea World has placed McComb on administrative leave, claiming that:
“These allegations, if true, are not consistent with the values of the SeaWorld organization and will not be tolerated,” Joel Manby, chief executive of SeaWorld Entertainment, said in a written statement. “We have placed the employee in question on paid administrative leave pending the findings of the investigation.
On the other hand:
PETA, which says that the man known as Thomas Jones is actually Paul McComb, a human resources employee at the San Diego theme park, criticised SeaWorld’s response and said it was prepared to expose two more SeaWorld infiltrators.
Sea World’s new, official response contradicts their original statements, where they didn’t directly comment on McComb’s activities as an agent amongst PETA, but more or less excused any perceived wrongdoing:
After being outed, Sea World hasn’t denied it’s covert operations. In a statement to Bloomberg, Sea World said that PETA hires investigators, too, and provided a link to a PETA job posting. “We are focused on the safety of our team members, guests and animals, and beyond that we do not comment on our security operations,” Fred Jacobs, a SeaWorld spokesman, said in a statement Monday. “This is a responsibility that we take very seriously, especially as animal rights groups have become increasingly extreme in their rhetoric and tactics.”
We’ll see how this plays out, but at the moment, Sea World’s not looking particularly credible.
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