Slaves at SeaWorld?


PETA, the animal rights organization we all hate to love and love to hate, is making headlines again, but this time it’s without any blood thrown. Yet. Claiming the 13th Amendment, PETA is proposing to sue SeaWorld for slavery. They claim that SeaWorld holds the orcas against their will—as slaves—to perform “stupid tricks” for monetary gain. The validity of this case holds, PETA says, because the 13th Amendment is not specifically restricted to humans.

Jeffrey Kerr, the general counsel to PETA, says that, “Slavery is slavery, and it does not depend on the species of the slave any more than it depends on gender, race, or religion.” Of course, SeaWorld is waving all of this off. PETA is joined by three marine-mammal experts and two former orca trainers. According to the statement on the PETA website, “Orcas are intelligent animals who, in the wild, work cooperatively, form complex relationships, communicate using distinct dialects, and swim up to 100 miles every day.”

While I am not a huge supporter of PETA, I do think this is very interesting. The sole purpose in life for these whales is performing for us. I think it’s awfully sad.

What do you guys think? Is this another outlandish PETA campaign, or does it have some validity?


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