The animal rights group PETA says it was infiltrated by a SeaWorld employee posing as an activist who was advocating violence.
SeaWorld is the aquatic animal theme park that has been the target of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals of criticism and a growing campaign to shut down its three locations in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego.
"SeaWorld's dirty tricks now include trying to incite kind people who have voiced their concerns to engage in violent behavior, drain the park's tanks, climb the walls, and bring 'pitchforks and torches' to protests," Kathy Guillermo, PETA's senior vice president, told Metro.
"SeaWorld can't defend warehousing orcas in miserable concrete tanks, so it has turned to corporate espionage in order to try to stop a charity from exposing its animal abuse," she said.
The group alleges that a man calling himself “Thomas Jones” has been attending protests and organizational meetings, trying to get close to PETA employees.