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#1 Jase

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 01:24 PM

http://globalpublics...mals-be-slaves/

Editor's Note: Jennifer O’Connor is a staff writer for the PETA Foundation. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) works to promote animal rights and mitigate cruelty toward animals.

By Jennifer O'Connor – Special to CNN

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the condition of slavery. But it does not refer to a "person" or any particular class of victims.

So, can animals be slaves?

In a precedent-setting case, PETA, three marine-mammal experts and two former orca (killer whale) trainers are suing SeaWorld on behalf of five orcas who were taken from their home by force, locked up, put to work and never allowed to leave - the very definition of slavery.

Corky, Kasatka and Ulises went from exploring the vast seas with their families to a sterile tank barely larger than their own bodies at SeaWorld San Diego. Tilikum and Katina float listlessly between performances at SeaWorld Orlando. Now all five orcas will get their day in court.

The case - the first-ever seeking to apply the 13th Amendment to nonhuman animals – represents a growing trend among a new generation of legal advocates who recognize that society moved away from the outdated notion that animals are unfeeling things a long time ago. It is time for our laws to follow suit.

The lawsuit calls for the five orcas to be released to a more appropriate environment, such as a coastal sanctuary. Protected sea pens would allow these orcas greater freedom of movement; the opportunity to see, sense and communicate with their wild cousins and other ocean animals; and the ability to feel the tides and waves and engage in behavior that is natural to their species.



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Posted 08 February 2012 - 01:30 PM

what i would give to spend my days floating listlessly.

#3 g5jamz

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 01:42 PM

PETA should allow themselves to be made into soylent green.

#4 Niner National

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 03:51 PM

I'm setting up a new foundation for these slaves.

The Underground Whale Road.

A donation site will be up soon.

#5 Jase

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 04:00 PM

I'm setting up a new foundation for these slaves.

The Underground Whale Road.

A donation site will be up soon.


I'll be sure to donate, sounds like a decent orcanization.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 04:40 PM

These whales are just baleen out on their duties at Sea World. I do not support quitters.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 07:50 PM

I agree with them. Whales are extremely smart creatures with attachments to family and at least something analogous to emotion. They shouldn't be kept isolated in tanks.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 07:56 PM

quit blubbering rodeo and make a whale-related funny

#9 SmootsDaddy89

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 08:31 PM

Whale I think this cause serves a great porpoise.

#10 Niner National

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 09:54 PM

Although I agree with Rodeo, I couldn't help but make the joke. It has spurred lots of other laughs too. Keep em coming guys.

#11 Panthro

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 10:26 PM

I think this discussion has reached a bottlenose

#12 mr beauxjangles

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:33 AM

well then why don't you just blowhole thing up, panthro?

#13 Panthro

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:41 AM

I'm going to krill you

#14 Jase

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:43 AM

narwhal of these puns are very good.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:43 AM

sperm.








whale.


/got nuthin. been trying for two days to find a use for cetacean.


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