PETA knows no end to their antics. They are known for their “holocaust on a plate” and naked celebrity “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaigns. Now they are suing to free five killer whales from Sea world on the grounds that they are persons, and should be protected by the 13th Amendment’s prohibition against slavery. According to one of PETA’s lawyers, Jeff Kerr, “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. The males have their sperm collected, the females are artificially inseminated and forced to bear young which are sometimes shipped away.”
If the court grants these whales personhood, then I hope authorities will immediately arrest one of the whales, Tilikum, for murder. After all, we have video footage of him dragging a Sea World trainer under water in 2010, and held her there until she drowned. And this wasn’t his first victim. He killed two other people as well. Tilikum is a mass-murderer, and I believe justice should be served. What would a jail cell look like for a whale? It would have to be small and full of water. Hey, Sea World sounds like an ideal place for that.
UPDATE: On February 8, 2012 a federal judge in San Diego dismissed this lawsuit.