HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Monday, June 26, 2017

SeaWorld is under federal investigation for statements made after 'Blackfish'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 3:05 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA SEAWORLD
  • Photo via SeaWorld
SeaWorld is under investigation by two federal agencies for comments that company executives made in response to Blackfish, a 2013 documentary that alleged the theme park was mistreating its orca whales.

Reuters reports SeaWorld said it was subpoenaed last Friday in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The federal agencies are looking into "disclosures and public statements made by the company, certain executives and individuals on or before August 2014, including those regarding the impact of the ‘Blackfish’ documentary, and trading in the company’s securities."



The CNN documentary led to a massive amount of backlash against the theme park, and eventually led to SeaWorld declaring last year that it would stop breeding orca whales in captivity. On Aug. 13, 2014, SeaWorld shares dropped almost 33 percent, its largest one-day decline, according to MarketWatch.

SeaWorld says it has "cooperated with these government inquiries and intends to continue to cooperate with any government requests or inquiries."

Reuters reports Chairman David D'Alessandro will continue as the board's non-executive chairman until Dec. 31, despite being voted out at a shareholder meeting in June.

Tags: ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 25, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation