Target: U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
Goal: Commend decision to keep trainers out of the water when whales are present
Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against SeaWorld’s appeal against U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA,) thereby keeping trainers out of the waters when killer whales are present. With the death of a trainer four years ago, strict safety measures must be in place. This move has angered the park, but it will keep both the whales and trainers safer.
SeaWorld Parks have been receiving much criticism lately because of the airing of Blackfish, a documentary that examines the treatment of killer whales in water parks. The death of whale trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 prompted outrage and shock. Considered one of the more seasoned trainers in the park, trainers and the general public were horrified when the whale Tilikum pulled Dawn underwater and drowned her in front of a horrified audience in Orlando, Florida. OSHA swooped in and immediately placed restrictions on how humans interacted with the whales, including prohibiting them from being in the water while the whales were present. The only exception is if there are physical barriers preventing the trainers from death or injury.
The documentary Blackfish and the findings from OSHA concluded that SeaWorld knew of the dangers and hazards that working with whales presented. Before Brancheau’s death, two other deaths involved with killer whales from the park had occurred, along with other dangerous encounters in which killer whales would take their trainers underwater, or rake other whales in aggression.
It is unclear whether SeaWorld will take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but support for these whales still remains strong. Sign this petition and commend the courts’ decision to keep whale trainers out of the water. This move will keep both humans and whales safe from harm.
Dear U.S. Court of Appeals,
I am writing to commend your decision to strike down SeaWorld’s appeal against OSHA. I understand that the company is infuriated over this ruling and might take it to the Supreme Court, but I can rest easily knowing that precautions are being taken to protect trainers and whales alike.
I understand that the public sentiment towards SeaWorld has decreased dramatically since the airing of Blackfish, and I hope that you watched the movie and realized the amount of danger that these trainers put themselves in. I support your decision in this case and hope no further accidents or deaths will result after this ruling.
[Your Name Here]
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