Wednesday, October 26, 2011

PETA Sues SeaWorld for Violating the 13th Amendment Ban on Slavery

“A federal court is being asked to grant constitutional rights to five killer whales who perform at marine parks – an unprecedented and perhaps quixotic legal action that is nonetheless likely to stoke an ongoing, intense debate at America’s law schools over expansion of animal rights.”

So begins an AP article, which just gets more ridiculous as it continues with: “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is accusing the SeaWorld parks of keeping five star-performer whales in conditions that violate the 13th Amendment ban on slavery… [which] does not specify that only humans can be victims.”

Here are a few other noteworthy snippets:

“The lawsuit asks the court to order the orcas released to the custody of a legal guardian who would find a ‘suitable habitat’ for them.

“‘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,’ said [Jeff] Kerr [PETA’s general counsel whose legal team spent 18 months preparing the case]. “The males have their sperm collected, the females are artificially inseminated and forced to bear young which are sometimes shipped away.”

And…

“… the field of animal law has evolved steadily, with courses taught at scores of law schools. Many prominent lawyers and academics have joined in serious discussion about expanding animal rights.

“Rutgers University law professor Gary Francione, for example, contends that animals deserve the fundamental right to not be treated as property. Law professor David Favre of Michigan State University has proposed a new legal category called ‘living property’ as a step toward providing rights for some animals.”

Really, after all of that, what else is there to say? There are, quite simply put, no words to eloquently and efficiently sum up that level of stupidity.

So why even bother.

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