PETA: Whales Have Constitutional Rights

Posted by | October 25, 2011 20:38 | Filed under: Top Stories

PETA is coming to the defense of whales at SeaWorld.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is accusing the SeaWorld parks of keeping five star-performer whales in conditions that violate the 13th Amendment ban on slavery. SeaWorld depicted the suit as baseless..

The suit, which PETA says it will file Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Diego, hinges on the fact that the 13th Amendment, while prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude, does not specify that only humans can be victims.

Jeff Kerr, PETA’s general counsel, says his five-member legal team – which spent 18 months preparing the case – believes it’s the first federal court suit seeking constitutional rights for members of an animal species.

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