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PETA Lawsuit: Whales have Constitutional Rights Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Feb 8, 2012, 10:01 PM
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit against SeaWorld over the company's failure to pay wages to whales. PETA insists that whales have US Constitutional rights and deserve the 'right to organize' into labor unions to negotiate higher salaries and better working conditions such as larger aquariums.

PETA also argues that whales should not be treated as slaves and should be protected under the 13th amendment that forbids slavery.

Reuterss reports that, "a federal judge on Wednesday threw out an animal rights group's lawsuit accusing SeaWorld of enslaving captive killer whales, ruling that orcas had no standing to seek the same constitutional rights as people."

PETA is alleging that SeaWorld flagrantly violates the US Constitutional rights of killer whales.

According to Reuters, "the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District court in San Diego, listed five performing orcas at SeaWorld's parks in California and Florida – Tilkum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka and Ulises – as plaintiifs in the complaint."

It should be noted that the orca named, Tilikum, had already killed two trainers, who are human beings, and if Tilikum has so-called U.S. Constitutional Rights then he should stand trial for two counts of first degree murder. Try fitting his large carcass inside San Quentin prison.

To read the entire article from the Reuters, link here:

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written by Ray Gomez , February 09, 2012

I think peta is way out of line. If the whales our in slavery I guess the I seeing dogs are ln slavery they should get paid to an set free yes just a stupid as enslaved whales

written by Buckmeister , February 09, 2012

I knew it had to be this same author from the headline so I respond by stating that people who love animals may be [at times] misguided but their argument holds more water than the Citizens United ruling that corporations have more constitutional rights than peoeple. Like most real Christians, I would rather have an animal lover govern than a bunch of money- grubbing corporate liars.

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