Target: Cal/OSHA Spokeswoman Erika Monterroza
Goal: Praise authorities for fining SeaWorld San Diego for not properly protecting their employees.
SeaWorld has just received a hefty fine by state health and safety regulators for not properly protecting their employees. After the unfortunate death of an orca trainer in 2010 by a 2,000-pound orca, a tough stance on safety measures is desperately needed.
The park has been fined $25,770 by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL/OSHA), which investigated the park after an anonymous tip that SeaWorld regulations were dangerous. The tip was anonymous due to SeaWorld’s strict non-disclosure agreement, which makes it difficult for employees to notify regulators of any problems. CAL/OSHA said that it was dangerous for employees because they were required to sign an agreement that did not let them come forward to their employer and voice concerns over “hazards for fear of reprisal.”
SeaWorld has tried to say that it installed custom-fitted personal emergency air systems and fast-rising pool floors to increase the safety of its employees, but this is not enough for trainers working with animals that are meant to be in the wild and the investigation by CAL/OSHA confirmed that.
The park is now launching an aggressive campaign to destroy the negative view it has after the documentary ‘Blackfish’ in 2010. No matter how SeaWorld spins its image, it is clear that nothing good comes from this park and it needs to stop putting its employees in danger.
We need to ensure the safety of all SeaWorld employees and hold this park accountable for its deplorable actions. Please thank the regulators who conducted a thorough investigation and gave SeaWorld the fine it deserved.
Dear Erika Monterroza,
I want to thank you for taking anonymous complaints seriously and conducting a thorough investigation of SeaWorld. Employee safety should be a top priority for a park that has trainers working with animals that are meant to live in the wild.
SeaWorld has had a history of not properly protecting its employees and seems to forget the dangerous side of working with massive animals such as orcas. These creatures are not meant to live in such small quarters and perform acts for our amusement. All trainers working with these animals should have regulations that will ensure their safety.
Your work to ensure the safety of all employees at SeaWorld does not go unnoticed. Thank you for holding SeaWorld accountable and ensuring the future safety of its employees.
[Your Name Here]
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