UPDATE: Judge Tosses Whale Civil Rights Case I still have to wonder why he even heard it
Judge in San Diego hears both sides in killer whale slavery case
PETA’s attorney, and yes, some slip & fall ambulance chasing lawyer actually took the case argued before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller, “captured killer whales are treated like slaves for being forced to live in tanks and perform daily at its parks in San Diego and Orlando, Fla.”
Miller listened to both sides argue their case Monday Feb 6, 2012 for about an hour before announcing he would render a decision at a later date.
PETA’s attorney Jeffrey Kerr, claiming to be representing five Orcas labeled the case, “the next frontier of civil rights,” adding, “This is an historic day. For the first time in our nation’s history, a federal court heard arguments as to whether living, breathing, feeling beings have rights and can be enslaved simply because they happen to not have been born human. By any definition these orcas have been enslaved here.”
Sea World’s attorney Theodore Shaw understandably countered, labeling the lawsuit a “waste of the court’s time and resources,” adding, “it defies common sense and goes against 125 years of case law applied to the Constitution’s 13th amendment that prohibits slavery between humans.”
Shaw also mentioned, “Neither orcas nor any other animal were included in the ‘We the people’ ... when the Constitution was adopted.”
In expressing doubts that courts can allow animals to be plaintiffs in court proceedings, Judge Miller also expressed concern over just how far reaching such a decision could be, as he pointed out the Military’s use of Dolphins and Police use of dogs.
Not mentioned in just how far such a decision could reach should the Judge decide on PETA’s behalf or how would it not also have to apply to household pets, service animals like seeing-eye dogs for the blind, zoos, farms anywhere animals are.
How could those civil rights not also apply to the seals Orcas eat? If a liberated Orca was caught killing and eating a seal, would the Orca be arrested and drug back to court for violating the seals civil rights or murder?
While I am confident PETA would be well pleased if eating meat was outlawed, they don’t seem concerned that the handicapped could be left stranded or that domesticated pets released into the wild would not be able to fend for themselves and would be easy pickings for wild animals seeking food.
As is usually seen in such ridiculous moves to further degrade our country, PETA relates the issue to race by claiming, “Brushing animals off as property is the same argument that was used against African-Americans and women before their constitutional rights were protected.”
Is there an issue the left doesn’t play the race card?
Or does PETA not realize the civil rights movement in the 1960’s was for humans?
A common retort in the homosexual marriage argument, whenever we mention a slippery slope that could lead to people being permitted to marry animals is that the animal cannot state they are agreeable to the marriage.
So I am left wondering how five Orcas could have agreed to being retained by PETA in this lawsuit.
Just how far will this insanity go? Is it any wonder so much of the rest of the world believes America is going absolutely insane?