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Ridiculous Lawsuit Nominee – Suit Says SeaWorld “Enslaves” Animals

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Whales are people, too!  At least, according to a lawsuit from an animal rights group.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is suing SeaWorld on behalf of five killer whales that are part of the park’s aquatic performances, hoping to extend Constitutional rights to animals.  Specifically, they think that the 13th amendment, which outlawed (human) slavery in 1865, should also include protecting the orcas from involuntary servitude.

Professor David Steinberg of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law told Reuters that the suit is “patently, absolutely frivolous.”  He added that “PETA is demeaning the integrity and humanity of people who were owned as slaves.”

This isn’t the first time PETA has crossed the line.  Their founder once boasted that “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we would be against it,” and they even went so far as to run a campaign comparing eating meat to the Holocaust.

This particular suit ultimately wants the park to release the quintet of orcas to a suitable habitat.  But, according to studies, animals released to the wild after they have been accustomed to a relatively safe life in captivity struggle to readapt.  They can’t socialize with other members of their species and haven’t developed the necessary fear of predators.  They face a higher risk of disease than their wild counterparts and aren’t capable of finding a way to feed themselves.  So if the whales are released and their living standard drops, would the orcas have another suit . . . against PETA?

Is this the most ridiculous lawsuit from the past month?  Or is it one of these?

  • 40-year-old actress suing website for revealing her age
  • Woman sues over movie trailer; says not enough driving in ‘Drive’
  • Man suing for age discrimination says judge in his case is too old
  • Suit claims placebo containing no medication caused rash

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  • This is getting more and more stupid. A woman gets burned by her coffee from McDonald’s, and sues, because the cup didn’t mention that the CONTENTS are hot!! Now we got YO-YO’s wanting an animal to be considered as a human being. What they fail to realize is that Sea World get injured animals and treat them to health. If they were to be released, they wouldn’t know what to do or where to go!! I seen this morning, where fans were suing in some State because of Hard-Balls (no pun intended-but laugh if you want too). Not a professional team mind you. But, kids, a Middle School Or High School. Have we become a sociaty of etitlements? I believe this is so, Look how many are getting money from the Government, expects Government to give them jobs and create jobs. Seems everytime you turn on the boob-tube, there’s someone trying to get money they don’t deserve. Making products go up, Doctor care to go up, and least we forget the Attorneys who place ads on T.V., Radio, and Billboards. Just a bunch of Pansies, and weaklings!! If you don’t want to see the animals-then by all means go somewhere else. If you don’t want to be hit by a ball (any ball) then don’t go to a sporting event!! But, an animal being considered as a human being and having the right of such, is just down-right-stupid!!!