THREE Peta activists who helped Hollywood star James Cromwell stage a SeaWorld protest pose a threat to the public, court documents show.
In an unprecedented move the SeaWorld organisation has identified the trio in court documents and identified them as a threat to public safety.
Court documents show SeaWorld is now seeking a restraining order against two men and a woman who staged a demonstration at its aquatic park in San Diego, California.
Company officials said the protest led by a Cromwell, who starred in Babe and LA Confidential, was particularly aggressive and frightening to families and children.
Lyanne Fernandez, Ricky Chavez Rodriguez and Lisa Lange all now face a ban.
All three have been previously charged with trespassing, assault and battery in connection with other animal rights activities.
The ban would stop the activists entering SeaWorld facilities in San Antonio, Orlando, and San Diego
Marilyn Hannes, a president of SeaWorld’s San Diego park said: “We certainly respect free speech.
“When they demonstrate on SeaWorld Drive, we are respectful and understand that.
“But this is not about that at all. This is really about safety.
“Now that it’s gotten to the point of becoming violent, that is beyond acceptable.
“We’re very proud of the conduct of our security team under difficult circumstances.”
Six PETA activists wearing a “SeaWorld Sucks” T-shirt barged in to the “Orca Encounter” show and spoke through a megaphone demanding SeaWorld release its orcas.
When park security asked them to leave they refused and had to be removed by force.
PETA has denied the allegations and blamed the SeaWorld security guard for escalating the situation.
In its official document PETA stated: “It was a “non-confrontational protest against cruelty to marine life. The protesters simply obeyed the uniformed officers.”