Sea World is being sued by PETA for enslaving five killer whales and, get this, they want the whales to have the same constitutional rights as humans. Cass Sunstein must be proud. Obama doesn’t want to give humans constitutional rights but whales get them?
Now, how does this work with five plaintiffs who are whales? The questioning could be difficult.
BBC:… SeaWorld’s legal team said the case was a waste of time and resources.
The marine park’s lawyer, Theodore Shaw, told the court in San Diego: “Neither orcas nor any other animal were included in the ‘We the people’… when the Constitution was adopted.”
He said that if the case were successful, it could have implications not just on how other marine parks or zoos operate, but even on the police use of sniffer dogs to detect bombs and drugs.
Peta says the killer whales are treated like slaves for being forced to live in tanks and perform daily at the SeaWorld parks in California and Florida.
It is not considered likely that the whales will win their freedom, but campaigners said they were pleased the case even made it to a courtroom.
The lawsuit invokes the 13th Amendment to the constitution, which abolished “slavery or involuntary servitude” in the US.