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Deaths at SeaWorld May Soon Include Its Own

Written by PETA | September 28, 2011

Update: While SeaWorld’s hearing is in recess, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk is giving the park some great reasons to use the time to evaluate how to get out of the captive-animal business. Read what she has to say here.

The following was posted September 24, 2011

SeaWorld’s appeal has been adjourned until November, but on Friday, Dr. David Duffus—who had served as the foreperson of the coroner’s inquest into the death of trainer Keltie Byrne after she was pulled into the water and drowned by Tilikum and two other orcas in 1991—again took the stand. Dr. Duffus testified that no method of training can control orca behavior and that current safety measures aren’t effective. “Twenty years later, a lot has been done, yet I’m reading the same outcome,” he said. Dr. Duffus added that given his knowledge of orcas and the incidents involving the animals in captivity, there was “no way on Earth” that he would place himself in immediate contact with Tilikum, nor would he get close to any other orca because of his “great deal of respect for the fundamental nature of large predators.”

The final witness called before the hearing was adjourned until mid-November was Les Grove, area director of the Tampa office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which conducted the investigation into Dawn Brancheau’s death and issued the citation at issue in this case. Asked why SeaWorld was cited for a “willful” violation—which entails an employer’s “plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health”—Grove mentioned the “Tilly Talk,” the 100-plus incidents that have occurred at SeaWorld parks, interviews with management, and training manuals that show the company was aware that working in close contact with orcas was risky. During the investigation, he added, “It became obvious Tilikum wasn’t the only problem.”

We’ll give you further updates when the appeal resumes in November, but for the orcas, the other dolphins, and the people endangered by SeaWorld’s indifference, there’s no time to lose—tell SeaWorld today that the place for these amazing animals is in a sanctuary, not doing stupid tricks for tourists.

Minette Layne | cc by 2.0

Written by Jeff Mackey

Commenting is closed.
  • asmatavan says:

    siteniz çok güzel

  • alcipan says:

    siteniz çok güzel

  • büyükçekmece evden eve nakliyat says:

    very good thank you

  • plastik cerrahi says:

    harika bir tasarım 🙂

  • Estetik says:

    Günümüzde ilerleyen teknolojiler sayesinde kişilerin yaşam kalitesini arttırmak estetik, sağlık ve güzellik sorunlarınıda çözmektedir.

  • araç kiralama says:

    sitenizi çok beğendim tebrik ederim

  • İstanbul evden eve nakliyat says:

    güzel bir paylaşım tebrikler.

  • Jennifer Hagens says:

    Free Willy!!

  • Frosty says:

    I must play devils advocate in this one… While I agree that silly tricks and small confinements are un necessary I also think that many of these animals enjoy the interaction, they are fed well, have great vet care, have other animals “a pod” or family. There are pros and cons. I do agree though that they need larger areas to live in, and I’m sure Sea World can afford to offer them that. Sea world does offer valuable conservation input and studies and the animals in their care do all seem well cared for.

  • val says:

    I absolutely agree Carla!! Animal shows and “sanctuaries” at SeaWorld, zoos, etc. are so depressing and unnatural. Everyone knows it, but they still continue to support them. I HATE when people say the reason why we should go to these places is to show children respect for animals!! Um..chaining animals and watching them spin around in circles is certainly NOT respect!!

  • laladay says:

    While I agree that any animal should not be brought into the captive environment for entertainment of others, freeing them is the worst possible action. These orcas are used to their captive lives, and to just let them go would not only kill them, but could potentially ruin the balance of the eco system they are released into. There is more to every story than just the animal captive. You must think about the hundreds of other animals this release could negatively influence.

  • Andi says:

    I’m not sure what is meant by “sanctuary”, but they belong in the wild, as do all creatures, absent of human interference. they are not ours to do with what we will.

  • Christina Kalani says:

    Orcas & all whales/dolphins belong IN THE OCEAN. In the ocean where they can swim and mate and live in PODS, and hunt and be free. Locked up in a “aquarium” forced to perform unnatural tricks for thousands of squeeling children (And immature adults!)… well thats just a recipe for Danger. – the D it spells Anger! the whales are so angry from being enslaved that they are driven to wreak havoc. They are simply Wild Animals. they’re unpredictable in nature, they’re even more unpredictable in captivity.

  • carla says:

    Free them!!! They were not put here for us!!!!!!!