Last Week, David Kirby (author of Death at SeaWorld) wrote another compelling article regarding SeaWorld is trying to overturn a lower-court ruling against the park in the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau. TakePart has obtained eyewitness interviews on, or near, that day of the violent killing. These audio tapes provide the judge and the public a first hand account of what happened that day and are vital evidence in this case and make it clear why working in close proximity to these animals can create an unsafe workplace.
In August 2010, OSHA filed a "willful" violation against SeaWorld and an order to keep trainers away from all whales, not just Tillikum. In the fall of 2011 SeaWorld sued OSHA to overturn the citation and continue working closely with the whales, but it was overturned that following May by Judge Ken Welsch. Last summer, SeaWorld filed an appeal at a special Labor Department commission, which refused to hear the case.
Now there is a "petition of review" filed at the US Court of Appeals to decide if OSHA acted properly or not. There will be another hearing in Judge Welsch's court January 15-17. What do you think should be done?
To check out the full article by David and to listen to the audio interviews, CLICK HERE
The interviews are:
Lynne Schaber - spotter trainer at the Dine With Shamu show the day of the incident
Jessica Wilder - guest at the show and witness of the accident from underwater viewing area
Laura Surovik - Assistant Animal Curator at SeaWorld