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US Judge May Rule on Whether US Constitution Protects Animals Against Slavery
Global Post ^ | February 6, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 02/08/2012 10:42:12 AM PST by lbryce

A US federal judge may rule on whether animals enjoy the constitutional protections against slavery as human beings.

The case — to test the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits slavery — arises from a move by Sea World to dismiss a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that names five orcas (killer whales) as plaintiffs, CNN reported.

Three marine-mammal experts and two former orca (killer whale) trainers have joined PETA in claiming that the captured orcas are treated like slaves, forced to live in tanks and perform daily at Sea World parks in San Diego and Orlando, Florida.

The Associated Press quoted PETA attorney Jeffrey Kerr, representing the five orcas, as saying: "This case is on the next frontier of civil rights."

The orcas case - the first-ever seeking to apply the 13th Amendment to nonhuman animals – named Corky, Kasatka, Ulises, Tilikum and Katina.

However, Sea World attorney Theodore Shaw said the lawsuit "went against 125 years of case law applied to the Constitution's 13th amendment that prohibits slavery between humans."

"With all due respect, the court does not have the authority to even consider this question," the AP quoted Shaw as saying.

"Neither orcas nor any other animal were included in the 'We the people' ... when the Constitution was adopted," he added.

US District Judge Jeffrey Miller has announced that he will take the case under advisement and issue his ruling at a later date.

According to the AP:

"The judge raised doubts a court can allow animals to be plaintiffs in a lawsuit, and he questioned how far the implications of a favorable ruling could reach, pointing out the military's use of dolphins and scientists' experiments on whales in the wild."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalsasslaves; peta
Should be interesting to see how these orcas make out in the end with 40 acres and a mule.
So, if you thought, well, okay, PETA, in all its egregiously warped perspective on animal rights has finally gone as far, bizarre as they ever could, think again. Next up; gay rights for orangutans.
1 posted on 02/08/2012 10:42:17 AM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

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2 posted on 02/08/2012 10:44:48 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: lbryce

Coming soon....Freedom Swimmers led by Martin Luther Killerwhale, Jr.


3 posted on 02/08/2012 10:48:32 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: lbryce

Wait until he emancipates all of those pythons, cobras and other dangerous and poisonous snakes being held in captivity!


4 posted on 02/08/2012 10:50:27 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: N. Theknow
Coming soon....Freedom Swimmers led by Martin Luther Killerwhale, Jr.

After that, the feds force another paid holiday. Free Willy Day! Hooray!

5 posted on 02/08/2012 10:54:39 AM PST by rhombus
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To: lbryce

Two dogs, one cat, and a wife, who comes under her own category.

They get let out, they get let in, they get petted as desired, they get fed...

Somehow I’m wondering just who gets the slave label.


6 posted on 02/08/2012 10:54:56 AM PST by benewton
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To: lbryce
The judge raised doubts a court can allow animals to be plaintiffs in a lawsuit, and he questioned how far the implications of a favorable ruling could reach, pointing out the military's use of dolphins and scientists' experiments on whales in the wild

Not to mention the ones we eat ... which I believe is PETA's ultimate goal. To say that this case is imbecilic at every conceivable level would be a vast understatement

7 posted on 02/08/2012 10:57:52 AM PST by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: lbryce
Oh, Great! That'll be the end of ant traps, mouse traps, can't swat a mosquito, Japanese Beetle bags, any and all insect repellents . . .

And, all the while, 3,300 human Americans are viciously murdered each and every day in abortuaries . . . and these idiots don't care! Not even on their agenda!

8 posted on 02/08/2012 10:58:03 AM PST by laweeks
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To: lbryce

-—US Judge May Rule on Whether US Constitution Protects Animals Against Slavery-—

I wonder if my Ford Econline van is protected against slavery. I’ve really worked the hell out of it and sometimes I’ve even been cruel to it.


9 posted on 02/08/2012 10:58:20 AM PST by running_dog_lackey
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To: benewton
Somehow I’m wondering just who gets the slave label.

Isn't it time for you to get back to work and buy more Alpo? Sheesh, who do you think's in charge in your pet's house? /s

10 posted on 02/08/2012 10:58:40 AM PST by rhombus
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To: running_dog_lackey
I wonder if my Ford Econline van is protected against slavery. I’ve really worked the hell out of it and sometimes I’ve even been cruel to it.

Ford Econolines, those are great. I've had 2 of them in my lifetime. They're real workhorses...oh, can I say that?

11 posted on 02/08/2012 11:00:48 AM PST by rhombus
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To: lbryce

PETA stirring up troubles again.


12 posted on 02/08/2012 11:05:19 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: rhombus
After that, the feds force another paid holiday. Free Willy Day! Hooray!

But that would come after James Earl StingRay.

13 posted on 02/08/2012 11:05:58 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: lbryce

So when do they prosecute hawks for murdering squirrels?

What fools!


14 posted on 02/08/2012 11:12:31 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: lbryce
PETA might want to be careful what they are asking for. What will they think if the Orca that drowned the trainer gets brought up on murder charges? Or how about putting dogs on trial for assault after biting a person, or another animal?
15 posted on 02/08/2012 11:12:47 AM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: lbryce

Yes, their ultimate goal is to force everyone into a vegan diet.

Does this mean the Amish will be forced into tractors and automobiles?


16 posted on 02/08/2012 11:16:13 AM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: lbryce
In 1972, while freelancing for a veterinary pharmaceutical company, I wrote a paper predicting just this sort of idiot lawsuit.

So here's my next prediction, folks: within the decade, someone will sue to establish that prosecuting murder and theft violates the Separation of Church and State, because it "discriminates" in favor of the Ten Commandments.

17 posted on 02/08/2012 11:16:13 AM PST by Albion Wilde (A land of hyper-legalisms is not the same as a land of law. --Mark Steyn)
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To: lbryce

Reparations would be in order for mules.


18 posted on 02/08/2012 11:17:36 AM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: laweeks
Now SWAT will have another excuse to No-Knock, animal slavery.
And killing those slave dogs will be called what?
19 posted on 02/08/2012 11:22:20 AM PST by MaxMax
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20 posted on 02/08/2012 11:31:55 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: lbryce

Should be interesting to see how these orcas make out in the end with 40 acres and a mule.

It would be more like 40 leagues and a seahorse.


21 posted on 02/08/2012 11:39:19 AM PST by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: lbryce

PETA..., another good reason to keep Capital punishment.


22 posted on 02/08/2012 11:45:32 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: lbryce
Of course the Constitution protects animals from slavery. I had an uncle that had slave cats. He used them on his farm. He had them pull wagons and hoe cotton and pick blueberries.
One night he read the constitution. The next day he freed all the cats.
Two weeks later a rat bit him and he died from the poison in the rat saliva.
His last words were " I should not have freed the cats". . . . .
23 posted on 02/08/2012 11:54:26 AM PST by DeaconRed (Cold War Veteran. . . . US Army Security Agency 1964-1968)
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To: Jack Burton007

Well said! :-)


24 posted on 02/08/2012 11:57:51 AM PST by lbryce (BHO:The bastard offspring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: 5thGenTexan

PETA should watch out because they kill more dogs and cats than the SPCA, so they should be up on murder charges.


25 posted on 02/08/2012 11:58:18 AM PST by Ratman83
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To: lbryce

Peta

26 posted on 02/08/2012 12:05:06 PM PST by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: lbryce
California Proposition Free Willy permitting the recognition of marriage between humans and any mammal with a blowhole. June ballot.
27 posted on 02/08/2012 12:24:44 PM PST by Cyman
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To: benewton

I’ve had the same thought. My dog gets hand fed, sleeps all day, plays all the time, and gets to stay home.

I have to feed him, take him out, and care for him. If he is a slave than I am afraid to ask what I am.


28 posted on 02/08/2012 12:26:42 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: lbryce

Can you imagine what cats will be demanding in the way of reparations?


29 posted on 02/08/2012 12:29:15 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: lbryce

I’m still trying to get reparations from the Italian government for the slavery they imposed on my people 2000 years ago in England.

SOMEONE’S GOT TO PAY!


30 posted on 02/08/2012 12:43:57 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: benewton
I'm sure you've heard this one before, but just in case:

The dogs say "They feed us, they take care of us, they give us shelter, they must be gods."

The cats say "They feed us, they take care of us, they give us shelter, we must be gods."

31 posted on 02/08/2012 12:50:54 PM PST by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: lbryce

If the judge rules for the idiots, we need to launch lawsuits all across the country in favorable places to end Roe, because if animals have constitutional rights, born and yet to be born, then so do unborn people. Can’t make people lower than animals. And science proves they’re genetically human from day 1, so they can’t claim they aren’t human life evolving into a human across 9 months. And genetically unique from mom and dad.


32 posted on 02/08/2012 12:59:53 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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33 posted on 02/08/2012 1:21:01 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: lbryce

I’m pretty sure you can’t make an Orca do anything he doesn’t want to do. There’s a difference between slavery and persuasion.


34 posted on 02/08/2012 1:48:00 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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