Home

PETA Sues for Orca Slaves
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals, better known to the public as PETA, have recently filed a lawsuit. In a post on the PETA blog the company announced that it was filing a suit claiming that Sea World was in violation of the 13th amendment.

The blog talked about the suit as an innovation in the way that the law was applied, “In the first case of its kind, PETA, three marine-mammal experts, and two former orca trainers are filing a lawsuit asking a federal court to declare that five wild-caught orcas forced to perform at SeaWorld are being held as slaves in violation of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The filing—the first ever seeking to apply the 13th Amendment to nonhuman animals—names the five orcas as plaintiffs and also seeks their release to their natural habitats or seaside sanctuaries. The suit is based on the plain text of the 13th Amendment, which prohibits the condition of slavery without reference to “person” or any particular class of victim.”

  
What
Where


While the success of the suit is yet to be seen, many legal minds are already beginning to weigh in on the issue. Most of them are saying that the suit has no merit, while others are just using faulty logic.

Elie Mystal, writing on the Above The Law blog, had this to say about the suit, “Non-human animals are not non-human animals because thinking makes it so. They’re animals because they’re animals. Now I think animals should be way, way more respected then most humans treat them. But applying a human right — such as freedom from involuntary servitude — to animals both denigrates people and disrespects the animals that they anthropomorphise.”

Now, this seems to be a bit of a stretch. While the case may or may not ever be considered in a court of law saying that giving animals the right to not be kept in cramped tanks and used for human amusement degrades the humans involved is more than a bit of a stretch. If anything the choice to honor the rights of other species in the world would be an action that would make us all human. After all, if being human is summed up as being able to think, then surely the ability to think about how we treat other species should be a good thing and not a bad one.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




For those of you not familiar with the term anthropomorphise, it means “the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object,“ according to WordReference.com and in this case it seems like a bit of a stretch. Anyone who has seen a dog with a thorn in its paw, or heard it howling because it was lonely when its owners were at work, will know that animals can feel pain.

As to the legal case, PETA’s general counsel, Jeffrey Kerr, had this to say about the case, “Slavery is slavery, and it does not depend on the species of the slave any more than it depends on gender, race, or religion.”





 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities Associate Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

New York City office of our client seeks corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities associat...

Apply Now

Business Litigation Attorney

USA-CA-Santa Monica

Santa Monica office of our client seeks business litigation attorney with 1-3 years of experience. T...

Apply Now

Intellectual Property Litigation / Enforcement Associate Attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks intellectual property litigation / enforcement associate at...

Apply Now

Eminent Domain Attorney

USA-TX-Richmond

Richmond office of our client seeks eminent domain attorney with 5+ years of experience. The candida...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Corporate Attorney

USA-NJ-Mount Laurel

Parker McCay is seeking a mid-level attorney to join the corporate transactional department, a dynam...

Apply now

Labor, Employment, and Education Attorney

USA-NJ-Mount Laurel

Parker McCay is seeking an experienced attorney to focus on all aspects of counseling and litigation...

Apply now

Litigation paralegal

USA-TX-Dallas

We are looking to immediately hire a responsible, highly organized, self-motivated litigation parale...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-TX-Dallas

Associate Attorney – 7 to 10 Years’ Experience - Dallas/Fort Worth   ...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top