By Joan Reddy
The animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has once again bought shares in SeaWorld, much to the dismay of multi-award winner, musician and actress, Cher. Apparently, this is the second time within ten days that PETA has taken advantage of the recent decline in SeaWorld’s stock price.
PETA claims that it is investing in SeaWorld, so that it can propose resolutions and submit questions at shareholder meetings.
Although PETA claims to have the animals best interest at heart, and says it wants to put an end to the killer whale shows, not everyone sees it that way. Cher said that she is completely puzzled by PETA’s latest venture. The pop diva questions whether this is just a scam on both of their parts, and expressed her confusion, by questioning PETA’s intentions on Twitter.
Cher is mortified that PETA would actually invest in a company that is so cruel to animals. She finds it hard to believe that an animal rights organization would do such a thing, and expressed her disbelief by tweeting "PETA BUYS #SEAWORLD STOCK ?!? THIS CANT BE TRUE !!!!! THIS CANT BE TRUE !!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Interestingly, PETA’s stake is only valued at approximately $2,900, so they will not have much say, if any, on matters concerning the plight of the whales. Besides being a world class singer, Cher is also a good business woman, and cannot see how such a small share is going to give them any sort of clout. She tweets that it makes more sense if PETA pushed to close down SeaWorld altogether.
SeaWorld operates eleven theme parks across the United States, and has been under intense scrutiny ever since the release of the award-winning documentary, Blackfish. The film portrayed the death of professional whale trainer Dawn Brancheau, by the captive orca, known as Tilikum. The documentary also explores the cruel conditions, which the cetaceans are forced to endure.
“The public has learned how orcas suffer psychologically, succumb to premature deaths, and lash out in frustration and aggression in SeaWorld’s orca pits, and they’ve responded with lower attendance levels, public protests, and legislation,” said People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) president, Ingrid Newkirk.
“It’s our responsibility to keep the debate alive and we will do that until SeaWorld changes its model and gets rid of its captive animals,” said Lisa Lange, PETA Senior Vice President of Communications. More....