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C'mon Man! PETA Argues SeaWorld Whales Are Slaves in Violation of 13th Amendment

The ethical treatment of animals sounds like a reasonable thing that people should support. And it even seems logical that there would be an entire organization of reasonable people who are dedicated to promoting the ethical treatment of animals. You could even call it People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Or something like that.

Of course, there is an organization called PETA with that name and mission, but why does it seem like so many things that PETA does are completely over the top? For example, as I wrote back in September 2011, PETA is now finalizing a soft-core porn website on the new ".xxx" top level domain. PETA says that its site will not be hard-core porn, but will be "erotica," i.e., nudity and "sexually suggestive content." Why does an animal rights group need to have a soft-core, triple-X porn presence on the Internet? Supposedly because it will be "triple extra effective in helping us bring our important issues of animal rights and eating a vegan diet to a greater number of people." Umm, OK, then.

More recently, PETA has moved on to suing SeaWorld because, it claims, the killer whales that perform at SeaWorld are being held as slaves in violation of the 13th Amendment's ban on slavery. Read that back again. Whales ... SeaWorld ... slavery? As they say on NFL Monday Night Countdown, "C'mon Man!"

PETA’s lawyer said a hearing held in the case this week was a “historic day” as it was the "the first time a court considered the question of whether animals can be enslaved," U-T San Diego reports (via How Appealing). SeaWorld's lawyers say the case crosses the boundaries of "legitimate constitutional debate” and is "utterly lacking in legal merit" because the 13th Amendment specifically refers to "persons," not animals.

I guess if its primary goal is get attention, PETA is doing the right things by promoting porn and the cause of ending "whale slavery." Otherwise, I must admit that I just don't get it.

Posted by Bruce Carton on February 7, 2012 at 04:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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