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Posted on 10-26-11 11:57 AM Link | Quote
http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2011/10/peta_sues_seaworld_over_allege.php


PETA, everyone's favorite group of totally rational animal activists, has launched a new legal attack against SeaWorld this morning, accusing parks in Orlando and California of mistreating five killer whales. Which, actually, OK! There are lots of reasonable arguments against keeping orcas in captivity.

PETA's argument, however, is that the killer whales are actually "slaves" whose rights are being violated under the 13th Amendment. Counterpoint: Whales are not people.

PETA's lawsuit, which they will file in California federal court later this morning, argues that the 13th Amendment -- you know, the one that abolished slavery -- "does not specify that only humans can be victims," the AP reports.

Here's what John Kerr, PETA's legal counsel, has to say about the ... unique argument.

"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."

SeaWorld, meanwhile, is left in the odd position of trying to prove in court that orcas are not people.

"(This suit) is baseless and in many ways offensive," the company says in a statement. "There is no higher priority than the welfare of the animals in our care."

It's not as though SeaWorld is the easiest entity to sympathize with here.

One of the whales named -- as plaintiffs! -- in the PETA suit is Tillikum. You might remember him from last year, when he dragged a trainer underwater during a show and drowned her; despite evidence the whale had contributed to two other deaths, SeaWorld keeps trotting him out for shows.

Today's lawsuit, like most PETA activities, is geared more toward pissing people off and sparking arguments than actually winning in court.

Even with more law schools open to the possibility of expanding animals' legal rights, a federal court isn't going to hear a case arguing that whales have Constitutional rights, the AP writes.

"A court would not be predisposed to opening up that box with fully unknown consequences," says Michigan State law professor David Favre.

On the upside, PETA has gone a whole morning without making fun of shark attack victims or upsetting Holocaust survivors. So there's that.
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Since: 08-15-04
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Posted on 10-26-11 06:17 PM Link | Quote
Just give them a little more time, I am sure they will piss of one of those two groups.

Seriously though... the 13th Amendment? I really don't think they care about animals at all anymore.
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Posted on 10-26-11 07:01 PM Link | Quote
Can't PETA please focus on the beaten horses in Medieval Times in Maryland?.... That would make more sense.
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Posted on 10-27-11 02:48 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Sorcha Rohan
Can't PETA please focus on the beaten horses in Medieval Times in Maryland?.... That would make more sense.


That's why they're not.

Nonsensical bullshit gets more attention, and they are likely strong believers in the notion that all publicity is good.
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Posted on 10-28-11 04:53 AM Link | Quote
Half of me agrees with this, and half of me is laughing hysterically. O.o
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Since: 08-17-04

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Posted on 11-07-11 04:13 AM Link | Quote
It's the sea kittens bullshit all over again.

While I've somewhat converted to being against keeping orcas captive in recent years (and honestly many of the things they're for or against are reasonable--not testing cosmetics on animals, anti-fur for fashion, defending mistreated animals kept for entertainment, spaying/neutering pets, etc), the ridiculous, extremist way they go about their protests is purely for spectacle it seems.

Then again, I'm just stating the obvious at this point. Dare we evoke the name of a certain Kansas-based group and crack a few comparisons between the two?
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