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Is there a new owner in the works for SeaWorld? Could it be PETA?

August 24, 2008 | 11:38 am

We know this is hard to believe, but we hear that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to buy SeaWorld. Yes, SeaWorld, home of sassy sea gulls and dancing killer whales. PETA swears it's not a joke and the San Diego Union-Tribune has the details:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to buy SeaWorld... The animal rights advocates said they have a donor willing to put up the bucks to buy at least one of the three SeaWorld parks – in Orlando, San Antonio or, of course, San Diego – put the animals in marine sanctuaries and perhaps return some to the wild one day.

The group wouldn't close the joint. Instead, it would replace the killer whales, dolphins, stingrays and other animals with virtual reality exhibits.

PETA is known for staging publicity stunts, including one in Ocean Beach last year where half-naked people put fish hooks in their mouths to protest game fishing, but it swears this is no hoax. Still, the group won't identify the donor. ..

The group saw an opportunity when news broke that SeaWorld's current owner, beer giant Anheuser-Busch, is poised to be swallowed whole by the larger beer giant InBev, a Belgium firm. Experts believe InBev will divest itself of Anheuser-Busch's 10 theme parks and concentrate on beer once the sale is final.

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