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PETA Becomes Part Owner of SeaWorld

Written by Michelle Kretzer | April 19, 2013

When SeaWorld decided to offer up 20 million shares of common stock in an initial public offering, no one expected PETA to be one of the first in line to buy.

But Wall Street was in for a surprise. We quickly purchased the smallest number of shares necessary to give us the right to attend and speak at annual meetings and to submit shareholder resolutions asking for policy changes. Our first order of business as part owners of SeaWorld? Getting the orcas out—including Corky, who has been enslaved by SeaWorld for 44 years.

We will 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

And of course meanwhile, PETA and our supporters will continue trying to win freedom for orcas and dolphins as soon as possible by telling everyone that these animals live in a SeaWorldofHurt

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  • laurel hoare says:

    Great job – bet ‘the great uneducated’ hate the fact that you have some say in what they do – it could all be behind closed doors if you weren’t involved!!!

  • Sharon Dick says:

    good, animals need your voice

  • Rita Bruno says:

    You guys are wonderful. Keep it up!

  • Asal says:

    Yessss that is amazing

  • Julie says:

    But why no more news? It seemed these comments stopped in May?

  • Scimmia says:

    This is such wonderful news and how clever! Good for you PETA and special thank to whomever came up with the idea.


    Hurray … So wonderful PETA… Thanks for spending our money so smartly and effectively…

  • grace says:

    Love itttt is awesome

  • Julissa says:

    Thank you so much, PETA! Nice job on everything and keep up the good work! ANIMAL RIGHTS!!!!!

  • claire says:

    Jullez what about slaying one dragon at a time?.

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  • Michelle says:

    Excellent!!!!!! This is a great idea!!!! 😀 LOVE PETA

  • Neerav Risbood says:

    Smart move

  • Lany Cutter says:

    All right, way to go PETA!

  • Christina Hallam says:

    So Smart!!!!! Oh PETA I love you!! I love how far you go, thank you for what you do for animals. They have to listen now!!!!!!! So so so so smart!!!!

  • Thom says:

    People! Please do not buy stock in SeaWorld! Unless you buy the minimum amount of shares like PETA to attend the conferences to demand changes, you are actually giving this cruel company money!

  • Judy Nicholas says:

    If you can’t beat them, join them and vote. Great idea!

  • Jullez says:

    what about the polar bears who they keep in 16° Celsius, which is way to warm for them?

  • Jill says:

    I have to say that at times PETA goes beyond my comfort zone! THANKS for this fabulous idea. I have to look into some stock purchase too. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s favorite creature is the ORCA. I DID swim with dolphins in Curacao. They were NOT in a cement pond. Still I did cry when first I saw them. The curator was a nice man. He actually saved an abandoned baby pilot whale. It would not stay with a pod. Its Mother was nowhere to be seen. They nursed this baby back to health and negotiated to move Sully to the U.S. Curacao is a Dutch area. The curator was prepared to build a whole new area at The Dolphin Academy if he had to. He was hopeful to relocate Sully rather than re engineer this park. It contained many great exhibits and the animals were in a wonderful environment. NOT FREE but maintained in a natural exhibit with boulders and free flow of ocean water and large channels. Sully the young pilot whale resides in the “back pools area” in SeaWorld Inc of San Diego. I went to see him over a year ago. They don’t do shows. I also observed many seabirds, pinnipeds, and other creatures getting badly needed Medical Attention. Thanks for all your hard work and I am going to try and get some stock too. BRILLIANT IDEA.

  • gail maison says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you PETA !!!! HOORAY !!!

  • Dawn Hendry says:

    I bought 70 shares today as well and will vote with PETA. Please tell me when votes are needed. Dawn Hendry

  • Anastasia says:

    So happy PETA is doing this. These creatures deserve a chance in their natural habitat too!

  • eloise lanum says:

    PETA has changed the world of helping animals. No one could say enough about how they turned collecting & killing into saving & saving-in-place. Their improvements on ‘animal testing’ to test tube testing alone has spared uncountable amounts of pain for animals. We’re used to it now, but in 1960-70’s it wasn’t even a dream. Ms. Newkirk deserves world wide recognition.

  • Kathleen Robertson says:

    All together now…..Hip Hip Hurray!!!

  • Beatrice says:

    Bravo,PETA! Roll on the day when dolphins,orcas,etc. are no longer kept in captivity.

  • Andy Rea says:

    Well played sirs!!!

  • Tahnee McKee says:

    Way to go PETA! I look forward to seeing some success

  • Helmut Hubner says:

    Let them live free like all other creatures and do not lock them in! This is a prison for animals. We humans are living free and can move wherever we want. Animals have as much right as we.

  • Jillian says:

    PETA you are incredible! You are part of the hope I have left for animal rights!

  • jmffg jmffgdk says:

    All my respect for PETA workers!!!

  • Wendy Morgan says:

    Please do not forget about Lolita who has been held captive for 40 years taken from her pod when she was an infant!

  • Erica Metcalfe says:

    I am literally crying right now at the thought that there are other people out there who are acting in the best interest of the animals, cetaceans in particular. This is amazing news, I cannot express how happy this makes me. I hope that the captive whales and dolphins finally get the life they deserve. Retirement, rehabilitation, release!!! Just simply awesome news!!! Glad to see that my donations have contributed to this, it means so much to me. Thank you PETA!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    All I can say is Amazing Job Peta!

  • yossef says:

    free her now!!!

  • Carol DeWolf says:

    Excellent strategy! The only way to put an end to marine captivity is to educate the public. I can’t believe if people were to see behind the PR that they would continue to contribute to the continued captivity of these cetaceans. Thank you PETA

  • Evie says:

    You go PETA!!!

  • Anita Walsh says:

    an interesting strategy…

  • Elle says:

    Fin-flukin-tastic!! 😉

  • Hallie Moss says:

    wow this is great, truly amazing.

  • Jason Parker says:

    Bravo PETA!!

  • Kaz says:

    I am so proud of you all at PETA! I have been worried sick about those beautiful creatures there. Now they are finally half in safe hands, thank you!!!!

  • Holly says:

    I am really excited to see PETA become shareholders in Sea World! I think this is a revolutionary way for PETA to fight the inhumane treatment of our marine mammals! GO PETA!

  • Natasha Glinsky says:

    I think that buying shares was a good move, but, have a question about lawsuits. What happens when SeaWorld is sued for any reason?