This case could dictate whether SeaWorld and other concerns are able to put trainers in the water with whales. The case also could impact how trainers handle other large animals.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined SeaWorld $75,000 and recommended prohibiting trainers from working with the whales without a physical barrier. Violating that order would cost the park $7,000 a day.SeaWorld says water work is essential to adequately caring for the highly social animals. And the shows are the company's most marketable thrill to vacationers around the world.
SeaWorld called the OSHA findings "baseless."
"The safety of our guests and employees, and the welfare of our animals, are core values for SeaWorld and areas in which we do not compromise," the company said in a statement.
My thoughts on this is that the fine should be repealed. Anybody that chooses to work with animals knows about the dangers that can happen. Ex Sea World employees say that Sea World never explained the extent of dangers that could be possible. Well, then maybe they shouldn't have been working there in the first place! Maybe people should realize when swimming with a HUGE whale, maybe they should have put their hair tight instead of letting it flow loosely in front of the whale's mouth! Sea World shouldn't have to pay for her death or any other trainers death!
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