PETA Sues SeaWorld
Fay Voshell – American Thinker – 11/01/2011
Compassionate people detest cruelty against animals.
Incidents such as the reckless and useless slaughter of dolphins and whales provoke stomach churning revulsion. Stories and pictures of abused dogs, cats and other creatures make any caring person heartsick over human cruelty.
It’s good, then, to know most pet owners and zoo keepers hold affection for the animals in their care. Circuses and other entrepreneurial efforts relying on trained animals for income have strict guidelines which ensure animals are treated kindly. Dozens of groups involved in protection of animals from cruelty are constantly on the watch against animal abuse.
Unfortunately, one of the world’s premiere animal rights groups is embarked on a legal venture that invites ridicule while at the same time undermining serious efforts to ensure the kind treatment of animals.
People for the Ethical Treatment of animals, (PETA), is suing SeaWorld parks on behalf of five fettered orca whales who are being held in insufferable bondage according to PETA’s defense counsel Jeff Kerr. Mr. Kerr, who is PETA’s general counsel, cites the 13th amendment to the US Constitution as foundational to his case, some 18 months in the making.
According to the official PETA website, the orcas’ lawyer states, “The suit is based on the plain text of the 13th Amendment, which prohibits the condition of slavery without reference to ‘person’ or any particular class of victim. Slavery is slavery, and it does not depend on the species of the slave any more than it depends on gender, race, or religion.”
Mr. Kerr waxes eloquent on behalf of nine ton plaintiffs Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka and Ulises. He states:
“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.”
So now SeaWorld is going to take morality lessons from PETA, the same organization is documented as having killed 95% of the adoptable animals entrusted to its care?