PETA Strikes Back…Again

 The classic from your childhood, but with more lawyers.

The debate over the mistreatment of marine life at SeaWorld is not a new one, but PETA, the world’s most rational and respected organization for the betterment of beasts, has taken it to a whole new level.

It was announced yesterday that PETA has filed a lawsuit in California court for the mistreatment of 5 killer whales in the schools of SeaWorld. Their argument? SeaWorld is violating the whales’ rights under the 13th Amendment to not be enslaved. Yes. Enslaved.

John Kerr, PETA’s legal counsel, went on record saying:

By any definition, these orcas are slaves — kidnapped from their homes, kept confined, denied everything that’s natural to them and forced to perform tricks for SeaWorld’s profit. The males have their sperm collected, the females are artificially inseminated and forced to bear young which are sometimes shipped away.”

Ironically, PETA named the killer whale known as “Tillikum” as one of the plantiffs. Why, do you say, does that name ring a bell? Oh right, of course! He was the same whale who dragged his loving trainer underwater last year, drowning her in front of a crowd of visitors.

In the words of one critic, “SeaWorld is now left in the odd position of trying to prove in court that orcas are not people.” Looks like this one is going to be a tough battle, indeed. 

Marty Gatens