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SeaWorld seeks repeal of OSHA decision after trainer's death

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Updated: 11/12/2013 11:42 am
ORLANDO - SeaWorld is asking a federal appeals court to repeal a ruling by OSHA that slapped the theme park with a fine and banned trainers from being inside the tanks with killer whales.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ruled in 2010 that the whales posed an occupational hazard to trainers and fined the theme park $12,000. The ruling also forced the park to keep trainers out of the tanks.

Trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a whale named Tilikum in front of a crowd of spectators at SeaWorld Orlando. The whale dragged Brancheau into the water and killed her while the crowd watched.

A lower court upheld the orginal ruling, which SeaWorld is now challenging. Lawyers for the theme park say the federal government has no business regulating the shows and is citing financial losses.

The case is being argued before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

You can read arguments from both sides of this case attached to this story.

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Realchange - 11/12/2013 11:58 AM
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2 million dollar whale kills 3 people no one cited and no one in jail. Wonder what would happen if a dog killed someone violently. Ask the Sea World CEO to sign off on the whale. The same whale that killed 3 people is again performing. Ask the CEO if he/she is willing to be prosecuted for murder in the 3rd degree if any the whales kill again. If I have a dog that I love and they attack someone even if justified when they do it the dog is put down. Having a whale that has killed 3 people for a known fact now is insane and shows how corrupt this state and the government is. Anyone that watched him treating that girl like she was seal to be killed intentionally slamming as hard as he could would know that. Got love Sea World for defending that.
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