Judge forbids trainers to swim with whales in Seaworld
Since the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau by whale Tilikum in Seaworld Park, a controversy has been raised about the safety of the work that these aquatic animals trainers have.
After the accident, the interaction of the trainers with the whales in the water was banned. But the show as not the same and gradually the coaches returned to interact with the whales.
Now this practice is definitely prohibited by an order from Judge Ken S. Work Welsch, who believes that the danger that the handlers run staying in the water, at the mercy of the whales, is very large and can no longer be allowed.
In the sentence the judge said: "Once the trainer is in the water with a killer whale who chooses an undesirable behavior, the coach is at the mercy of the animal." He added: "All emergency procedures, nets, and underwater signs and hits under the water are useless if the whale decided to ignore them."
After the death of the trainer, the Labor Department investigated the park in Orlando, the shows of the whales and the safety of their handlers for 6 months. As a conclusion, several rules and penalties were launched and needed to be seen in shows. Seaworld Park appealed and questioned the punishments.
In June, the Judge agreed with the conclusions of the investigations of the Labor Department and forbade that trainers swan with the whales during the shows.
The major drama of all this is that the concern has focused on human welfare and little or no importance was given to the whales. As intelligent and sensitive beings, who are living a life in tiny water tanks, it is expected that it will generate disturbances that can end in aggressive acts, as happened with the whale Tilikum.
The only solution for these cases, as in the case of circuses with animals, is to ban the shows with aquatic animals, and release them in the oceans, from where they should never have left.