we still have slavery…of killer whales

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has sued SeaWorld using the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution.  According to Wikipedia:

The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution officially outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.

PETA claims the killer whales at SeaWorld Parks are slaves.  They were kidnapped from the ocean and taken away from their families.  They are kept in tanks and are forced to perform every day.  Isn’t this slavery?

Shamu ~ Image: Irina Silvestrova/Shutterstock

Seriously?  They have lawyers that actually agreed to do  this?

Let’s get down to the legalities.  First, do animals have legal rights?  And, even if they do, can they give permission to a lawyer to represent them?  You can’t sue on behalf of someone without their explicit permission.  Personally, I think this lawsuit should be thrown out on that principle alone.  Or, maybe because the first words of the Constitution are “We the PEOPLE”.

But, if they actually could have won the lawsuit, can you image how big a can of worms this would open?  Animals would be considered citizens.  There would be no such thing as pets any more.  Don’t we hold them captive?  Don’t we make them perform, such as sit, stay, fetch?  We would all be vegans because farmers would not be allowed to raise cattle, pigs, chickens, etc.

If we applied the 13th amendment to animals, wouldn’t we have to apply the whole Constitution to animals?  They would be able to run for office!  They would be able to have guns.   They would be able to vote.  It would be wrong for animals to eat other animals!  We’d have to put them on trial for murder!

I love animals, passionately.  But, are the Orcas really slaves?  They are well taken care of and loved by their trainers.  Our pets?  They are family.  They are loved, cherished, given warm places to live, did I say loved?  I don’t in any way consider my babies as slaves.  What’s your opinion?

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6 Responses to we still have slavery…of killer whales

  1. barb19 says:

    The mind boggles, Shell! I don’t think PETA will get far with this one.
    Anyway, as you point out, the first words of the Constitution are “We the PEOPLE” – ’nuff said.

    • Seashell says:

      It got thrown out of Federal court, but of course, they are appealing that ruling. I think the money being spent on this lawsuit would be better served by taking care of homeless and hurt animals.

  2. Really well put, Shell! Some of what PETA does is great, but they go over the top WAY too much to be taken seriously sometimes. This incident definitely falls into the crazy category!

    • Seashell says:

      I have to wonder who comes up with this stuff? Do they really believe in what they are doing or is this just free press? I’m not sure how much of their money goes to actually helping animals versus how much goes to pulling these stunts for free publicity. My guess is that the stunts take up the majority percentage.

  3. shobavish says:

    Entirely in agreement with you post – what were they thinking? Serious causes with great agendas sometimes just make weird choices.

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