PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has chosen to expand its lawsuit against SeaWorld, by asking a federal court to grant 5 Orca Whales currently being held in different SeaWorld park locations, constitutional rights. An action that has shocked many people which sparked their curiosity in the matter, causing lots of talk at countless lawschools across the country over this risky attempt at the expansion of the Animal Rights Movement. PETA is claiming that (SeaWorld) is violating the 13th amendment which bans the act of slavery. This claim also stirred some opinions. Some saying it was ‘offensive’ ‘baseless’ and ‘ridiculous’. PETA’s reply to these negative views are simple and just… “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.“
Several legal experts have decided before-hand that the odds of this case winning are very slim.
Also, many legal experts have said that the original writers intent was surely not to apply for animals, but humans only. Though it never says this in the Constitution. For 18 months the PETA organization has been gathering evidence and preparing this case to go public, and this is the first 18 months that a federal case has ever been about constitutional rights going for another species as well as humans.
The 5 Orcas that are PETA’s plaintiffs in this case are the well known performers Tilikum and Katina. Tilikum made headlines across the nation in February of 2010 when she decided to end a performance a little differently— by dragging a trainer underwater and drowning her until dead. (Tilikum and Katina are both being held in Orlando, FL.) Corky, Kasatka, and Ulises at Seaworld San Diegos.
In addition to having these Marina Mammals granted constitutional rights allowing them to escape from their lifetime of enslavement and abuse, the lawsuit would also wish for the Orcas to be released to responsible garden with an inhabitable and proper habitat/home.
For several years hundreds if not thousands of people have been protesting the captivity, confinement, and enslavement of these majestic beings and have been praying and hoping for change. This lawsuit by the PETA organization could be the one step further to make this change occur in these parks, in the courtroom, but most of all in the lives of these sentient beings that are forced to live this life of sadness. This case could ultimately change AND expand the Animal Rights Movement and the Anti-Captivity Movement across the nation, and hopefully beyond its borders. Even if this lawsuit is to turn out in favor of SeaWorld, it will not be the end. It will open peoples eyes and start a revolution for the Oceans.