AP Exclusive: SeaWorld Accused of Enslaving Orcas

By: David Crary and Julie Watson, Associated Press
By: David Crary and Julie Watson, Associated Press

San Diego, CA (AP) - In an unprecedented lawsuit, People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals is accusing the SeaWorld marine parks
of keeping five of its star-performer killer whales in conditions
that violate the 13th Amendment ban on slavery.

PETA says the suit, to be filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court
in San Diego, is the first federal court case seeking
constitutional rights for members of an animal species.

The chances of the suit succeeding are slim, according to legal
experts not involved in the case. But the case is likely to enliven
a debate over expansion of animal rights that's already bubbling at
law schools across the country.

Sea World vigorously defended the care that it provides to the
orcas and depicted the lawsuit as baseless and offensive.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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