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by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Film/TV
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Photo: Jilantzy


Earlier this week we told you that PETA is suing SeaWorld for enslaving the five orcas who live and perform at the marine park. PETA argues that the 13th amendment which prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude doesn’t say that the victims of oppression have to be human.

Well, we can all rest easy now because Stephen Colbert is on the case. And as he noted in his piece, he loves all animals including “beef, pork, poultry, even fish.” (Oh, Colbert.)

The host, in faux opposition to PETA’s argument that orcas are slaves, asks the audience, “Really? How many slaves got to hang out all day at a water park?”

The legal correspondent for ‘The Colbert Report’ doesn’t think any judge will name a non-human animal as a person deserving of rights. While the orcas were caught in the wild, brought to the park and forced to perform (sounds like slavery to me), he believes that PETA will not be successful because whales are not humans.

Colbert then comes to the “defense” of SeaWorld saying that the company counts as people, not the orcas. As a general rule, if Colbert is coming to your defense, you know you’ve done something wrong.

He says, “We have to treat corporations with care and respect and not cage them with ethical treatment of animals. We must let SeaWorld live the way god intended a marine amusement park complex to live in its natural state where it’s free to put a hat on a dolphin, train a walrus to play didgeridoo or teach sea lions to dance to thriller.”

For the full comedic effect, watch the clip below.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ herwin

    my first reaction was HOW WACKY THESE PETA PEOPLE ARE with a lawsuit they obviously will “loose”.
    But then again, it makes people talk and forces people to think how we treat animals, in this case for “entertainment”.
    People must really work hard to block this message and stay ignorant…
    Zoos are prisons and the prisoners are INNOCENT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brenda-Szasz/100002143836542 Brenda Szasz

    Do you know that sometimes here in Ontario a banner ad appears on the top of your page for a package trip to SeaWorld/Busch Gardens?