Anti-SeaWorld Pranksters Tweak Interstate Sign To Express Their Dislike Of Park

seaworld-signageSeaWorld may have fallen just short of making it to this year’s Worst Company In America Final Death Match, but that defeat hasn’t stopped people who oppose the not-quite-a-zoo-not-quite-a-theme-park from letting the world know they think that SeaWorld, well… sucks.

That’s according to a road sign hanging over I-5 in Southern California.

Fox 5 San Diego reports that three men were spotted on Sunday afternoon parking a car on the shoulder, with one of them scaling the sign to slap the word “SUCKS” after “Sea World.”

The mismatched fonts and shades of green made the tacked-on word stand out, which was probably the point. The prank only lasted a few hours, with CalTrans tearing down the five-letter verb at some point Sunday night.

“This act of vandalism demonstrates that, once again, these extremists are more concerned with publicity stunts than actually helping animals,” a rep for SeaWorld San Diego said, presumably not realizing that he might have inadvertently suggested that protestors actively attempt to liberate the creatures at SeaWorld.

As we covered during SeaWorld’s inaugural run in the Worst Company tournament, a growing number of people are concerned about the park’s treatment of orca whales. The whales have been responsible or involved in a number of deaths at SeaWorld and elsewhere, bringing up questions both of animal rights and the safety of SeaWorld trainers.

In April, a federal appeals court shot down SeaWorld’s attempt to overturn an OSHA violation issued in the wake of the 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was pulled underwater and kept below the surface until she drowned by an orca named Tilikum, who had been involved in two previous fatalities.

“SeaWorld suggests that close contact with these whales was not a recognized hazard because all whales behave differently… But SeaWorld’s incident reports demonstrate that it recognized the danger its killer whales posed to trainers notwithstanding its protocols,” wrote the appeals court in its ruling.

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  1. dullard8 says:

    While your piece started out on the subject of vandalism it ended up a piece on Sea World.

    Whether you agree with what Sea World is doing, vandalism cannot be condoned. It is criminal activity and it is too bad the perpetrators were not caught, punished and made to pay for what they did.

    As it is, taxpayers will have to pay. Who are the taxpayers? You, me and others like us.

    • SuperSpeedBump says:

      So the Boston Tea Party, a group that was instrumental in our country’s independence, should not be celebrated for their act of vandalism? I’m sorry, but I have to disagree.

      • CzarChasm says:

        So, what you are getting at is that in every dissident group, the end justifies the means?

    • EducationalGeek says:

      Totally agree, these so called “activists” are going too far and luckily for them are not in a place where vandalism can result in you getting shot dead. I see the outcry about SeaWorld with no proof but don’t see an outcry against every zoo in the world. You can’t pick and choose either you are an activist or a blatant hater that the rest of the world sees through.

  2. Mapache says:

    The Boston Tea Party a group of vandals who sparked and helped the birth of a Nation.
    The Sea World rebels a group of vandals that sparked and shaped the birth of a nation??

    I, for one, welcome our new Orca overlords”

  3. CommonC3nts says:

    There is nothing wrong with Sea World. People take risks to be animal trainers as that is what they love. They know they are working with wild animals that could attack at any moment.
    There is nothing wrong with Sea World.