SeaWorld suspends worker animal-rights group accuses of posing as activist to incite violence

Associated Press

SeaWorld says it's suspended an employee accused by an animal-rights group of posing for years as an activist and trying to incite violence among peaceful protesters.

CEO Joel Manby said in a statement Wednesday that SeaWorld Entertainment has hired an outside investigator to investigate claims made this week by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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PETA accused SeaWorld of using an employee to infiltrate its organization. Manby called the allegations "very concerning."

PETA says a human-resources worker at SeaWorld San Diego named Paul McComb incited protesters and posted incendiary comments on social media while masquerading as an animal-rights activist.

Efforts to find a phone listing for McComb weren't successful Thursday.

SeaWorld has been under fire since the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" suggested the treatment of captive orcas provokes violent behavior.