Part of me wishes I was making this up but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is suing SeaWorld for how its Killer Whales are being treated at three of its locations:
The suit, filed in October 2011, asked that the court declare that the orcas are “held in slavery and/or involuntary servitude by defendants in violation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
“It’s a new frontier in civil rights,” said Jeff Kerr, PETA general counsel, who described the hearing as a “historic day.”
Here’s what the 13th Amendment actually says:
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
I’ve been to the SeaWorld in Florida and San Diego. The Orcas are pretty smart (maybe more intelligent than some people I’ve met) but at they really slaves? Expanding the definition of slavery into the animal kingdom is really going to help improve society?
SeaWorld is arguing the same thing:
The courts lack authority to extend the amendment to animals, which could “open a veritable Pandora’s Box of inescapable problems and absurd consequences,” SeaWorld argued in motion to dismiss last year.
Let’s be real here… PETA might be filled with idiotic Liberals but they are very clever about wanting to appear “cutting edge” and getting those all important celebrity endorsements.
This is yet another silly organization filled with Liberals and instead of doing something they are just wasting everybody’s time (your brave author included) instead of actually doing something which might make a difference.
Just imagine if animals had the same types of rights as people. Would training your dog to fetch your morning paper mean you’re enslaving him? Or teaching your parrot to swear might be stunting his future employment prospects. Or, god forbid, having your pet hamster or mouse running on a wheel for the rest of its days.
Sometimes I think Americans have too much food, electricity, and comfort for their own good. Afterall, I don’t think people in the 3rd World have the kind of leisure time we do to ponder these types of silly things.
And I’m out here in Wyoming… animals are for pets, work, or food. Somehow I don’t think PETA will be getting many donations from people out here.