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PETA Buys 80 SeaWorld Shares

Updated: 29 April 2013 02:42:26 AM

In a somewhat controversial move, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group (PETA) bought shares in SeaWorld.

Eighty shares totaling more than $2200.00 were purchased last week by PETA.

Controversial, because PETA has been vocal in recent years, protesting against SeaWorld for possible animal rights violations.

PETA has repeatedly asked SeaWorld to stop its animal breeding and buying program and has asked SeaWorld to release back to the wild whales and dolphins.

PETA claims the training and performance of whales and dolphins is cruel to them, by keeping them confined, away from families, out of normal biorhythms and subject to captivity-induced stress and illness.

Shareholders Meetings

This will allow the animal rights group to attend shareholders meetings and have a more open dialogue with SeaWorld.

The number of shares purchased will allow PETA to speak at annual meetings and forums.

SeaWorld executives say they welcome the new shareholders and will work hard to generate investor value from them.

This should be interesting.

PETA's Goals

PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world with more than 3 million members.

PETA works to eliminate animal suffering in four main areas: factory farms, the clothing business, laboratories and entertainment.

PETA’s campaigns focus on public education, criminal investigations; celebrity endorsements, animal rescue, legislation, and protest campaigns.

SeaWorld is one of the most beloved entertainment venues in the world.

With venues in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego, SeaWorld attracts thousands of visitors a year who come to see the unique show trained whales and dolphins provide.

For many, it is a magical event.

The world will watch with bated breath how this merger will go.

By Marie Ospina

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