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article imageWhales named as plaintiffs as PETA sues SeaWorld

By Katerina Nikolas     Feb 7, 2012 in World
Kasatka, Corky, Ulises, Tilikum and Katrina are killer whales that PETA claims are held in slavery by SeaWorld. The five whales are named as the plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by PETA against SeaWorld, presented before a judge on February 7.
An unprecedented legal complaint will be heard on Tuesday by a judge in San Diego, when five killer whales are named as plaintiffs in a case brought by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (Peta), against SeaWorld.
Invoking the 13th Amendment to the constitution, which abolished "slavery or involuntary servitude," the lawyer representing the whales argues they have no right to be enslaved just because they are "happen to not have been born human" the BBC reported.
The five whales represented in the law suit are Kasatka, Corky and Ulises who currently reside in San Diego's SeaWorld, and Tilikum and Katrina from SeaWorld in Orlando. According to the Chicago Tribune, PETA President Ingred Newkirk said "All five of these orcas were violently seized from the ocean and taken from their families as babies," arguing they should be set free.
A statement released by PETA said "Nothing in the 13th Amendment excludes these extremely social, sentient and intelligent beings from its protections, and SeaWorld's treatment of these five orcas absolutely defines slavery." Jeffrey S. Kerr, lawyer for the whales, argues that in their natural habitat the creatures would normally be free to swim up to 100 miles a day. Enslaved by SeaWorld Kerr said the whales are "denied everything natural to them," Kcet reported.
SeaWorld claims the lawsuit is an offensive publicity stunt, maintaining that its commitment to animal conservation.
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