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    From Digital Journal:

    "SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. went public with 20 million shares of stock on this week and in doing so, received a surprise from one of its biggest opponents. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stepped up and bought enough shares to give them "the right to attend and speak at annual meetings and to submit shareholder resolutions asking for policy changes." Stock sold for $30.56 at opening.

    Michelle Kretzer of PETA says their "first order of business as part owners of SeaWorld" will be "getting the orcas out - including Corky, who has been enslaved by SeaWorld for 44 years." They also plan to "educate stockholders about how marine parks tear orcas and dolphins away from their homes and families and imprison them in minuscule concrete tanks, where they suffer from captivity-induced stress and illness."






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    Oh boy..



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    Nicely played PETA. This will definitely get interesting.


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    Oh my, SeaWorld are going to have their hands tied. Well done PETA :yes;









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    *snigger*

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    Probably not a good thing for Seaworld.





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    Well, would you look at that...




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    On the other hand, PETA stands to profit from their purchase of stock. Kind of compromises things a bit, no? I get that they are putting out there that this will give them a more powerful voice, but it will also give them an income from the company they profess to disrespect (not value the mission, if you prefer).

    It will be interesting to see it unfold...






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    Doesn't sound good but it does annoy me. Would they really be able set free an animal that knows no difference since it's been in captivity for so long, it would probably die. I agree that nothing should be taken from the wild but come they are hardly suffering.

    Sorry just my opinion.

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    You raise a very valid point, Lisa. Release an "animal" into the wild after having been in captivity so long as to extinguish the natural behaviors needed to survive is cruel.

    I'm absolutely NOT a supporter of wild animals caught for captivity. However, there are some values to having animals under the control of zoologists, and other animal specialists. We have learned much from studies of species in this manner. Disney's Animal Kingdom is a good example. Studies there broke the code of the language used by elephants and we now understand much more about that species. If we use our knowledge for "good" and furthering the quality of life of the species, then it's been a valid study of the animal.

    On the other hand, BG (part of the corporation that owns Sea World) is as close to reprehensible as it should get. Won't get on that particular soapbox.






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