PETA buys stock in Sea World: Stay tuned for first shareholder meeting

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If you felt an exchange between the CEO of Starbucks and an investor at the annual shareholders meeting back in March centering on gay marriage was captivating, then don’t miss the first shareholder’s meeting for SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.

When the company went public on April 19, the controversial animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced it purchased shares to push policy changes at the parks, including the release of SeaWorld’s animals, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

In a statement on their web site, PETA said: “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?” PETA adds. “Getting the orcas out — including Corky, who has been enslaved by SeaWorld for 44 years.”

PETA is well known for radical protests carefully designed to call attention to the treatment of animals, although some suggest their antics are so extreme and offensive that it often drowns out the message.

Nonetheless, whether it’s throwing red paint on fur wearing celebrities or naked women in cages, the more extreme the better seems to be their motto.

Another stunt was a 2009 Super Bowl commercial that had no chance of making it on the air, though it can still be seen online. Hanna Crisan of Commonplace describes the ad:

The ad features a sexy soundtrack that plays while women dressed in Victoria’s Secret-style lingerie begin disrobing – and then start fondling vegetables. One half-naked woman licks a pumpkin while another rubs broccoli on her chest in a hot tub.

At the end of the ad, the text reads: “Studies show vegetarians have better sex. Go veg.”

All in all, the first annual shareholders meeting for SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., should be one for the ages. Welcome to world of public companies!

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Tom Tillison

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