A footnote to my earlier post about the quandary now facing SeaWorld. Much credit for what’s happening in the marine circus world goes to the movie…
There’s something a bit creepy about SeaWorld spokesman David Koontz telling us that Ikaika the pre-teen, troubled orca “will become a member of our family.”
SeaWorld is back in court today to defend itself against charges of “willful” neglect by OSHA in the death of killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau by orca Tilikum.
Demanding constitutional rights won’t fly. But watch for another approach that will soon change everything.
You can see them in their ocean home. And you can see them in captivity. One is a thrilling experience of real life; the other is a circus show.
Witnesses at the hearing that pits SeaWorld against the OSHA were once again focusing on how exactly killer whale Tilikum pulled trainer Dawn Brancheau into the water before killing her.
A key witness in the dispute between OSHA and SeaWorld testified that killer whale Tilikum grabbed trainer Dawn Brancheau by the arm, not by her ponytail.
OSHA attorney John Black said, “Killer whales are large, powerful and non-domesticated animals. They have the potential to cause serious physical harm or death to people who get near them.”
Monday, 19 months after killer whale Tilikum dragged his trainer to her death, SeaWorld Orlando will be in court to fight charges of having committed “willful” safety violations.
Former SeaWorld trainers speak about the danger and about how wrong it is to be keeping killer whales in captivity in the first place.