A federal judge for the first time in U.S. history heard arguments Monday in a case that could determine whether animals enjoy the same constitutional protection against slavery as human beings.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller called the hearing in San Diego after Sea World asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that names five orcas as plaintiffs in the case.
PETA claims the captured killer whales are treated like slaves for being forced to live in tanks and perform daily at its parks in San Diego and Orlando, Fla.
“This case is on the next frontier of civil rights,” said PETA’s attorney Jeffrey Kerr, representing the five orcas.
What’s hilarious is this is obviously crafted as best as possible to avoid it getting laughed out of court, as what’s the difference between keeping a Whale and keeping a dog? BTW I don’t know any PETA members, and honestly I have zero tolerance for them and their nonsense, but I did know some extremist vegetarians in my day, and one thing they all seem to have in common is keeping of pets. It can be VERY easy to anthropomorphize an animal who lives with you, and this is often a common vein in people who claim that somehow animals are people, or so like people that we need to do ridiculous things.
Still they’re talking WHALES not dogs. Only large parks like Sea World can afford to keep Orcas and other large marine mammals, so this can enervate the class warfare that has become very popular these days with the Kill the Jews groups camping out in public parks illegally.
Sea World’s attorney Theodore Shaw called the lawsuit a waste of the court’s time and resources. He said it defies common sense and goes against 125 years of case law applied to the Constitution’s 13th amendment that prohibits slavery between humans.
“With all due respect, the court does not have the authority to even consider this question,” Shaw said, adding later: “Neither orcas nor any other animal were included in the ‘We the people’ … when the Constitution was adopted.”
Well said. I hope this does get laughed out of court and PETA compensates Sea World for their time….and feeds several of their members to the whale.