SeaWorld CEO hits ‘small-minded’ animal activists who ‘don’t know what they’re talking about’

SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby on Monday reportedly ripped the animal rights activists who continue to target his company and its live killer whale shows as “small-minded” and ignorant.

Mr. Manby told the ICR Conference in Orlando that the backlash against SeaWorld, which was brought to a head following the 2013 release of the critically acclaimed documentary “Blackfish,” has been driven by “lies” and people lacking in “critical thinking,” Business Insider reported.

“One hundred years from now, people are going to be begging for zoos and aquariums to take the animals from the wild because the extinction rate is so high,” Mr. Manby reportedly said.

“Those are the issues we should be talking about, not 29 whales at SeaWorld that have been born at SeaWorld and have lived there their entire life and cannot be released to the wild because they would die,” he added. “So, I get frustrated with the small-minded arguments from activists that really don’t know what they’re talking about.”

After facing years of criticism for the alleged mistreatment of animals, SeaWorld announced in 2016 that it was terminating its in-park Orca breeding program and phasing out its live killer whale shows.


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