SeaWorld has yet again come under fire after a dolphin bit a nine-year-old girl during a February 22nd visit.
ABC News obtained a complaint launched by the popular animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, has requested Texas authorities to inspect the park for the reason that it permits visitors to touch the sea mammals, which the PETA labels an ‘animal welfare violation.’
This incident serves as an example of the constant threat to both humans and dolphins alike according to PETA counsel Brittany Peet. She also highlights that allowing patrons to touch dolphins breaches the Animal Welfare Act AWA's 9CFR 2.131 (c)(1) which requires "sufficient distance and/or barriers between animal and the general viewing public so as to assure the safety of animals and the public."
PETA highlights that this is not an isolated incident.
In December 2012, an 8-year-old girl suffered puncture wounds while hand-feeding a dolphin at SeaWorld Orlando.
David Perle, a PETA spokesman highlights that many trainers have sustained severe injuries and have even been killed by animals at SeaWorld. The park has a track record of more than 100 incidents of Orca aggression in its own “incomplete records” according to Perle.
Images of Dolphins in their natural habitat. Do you think dolphin captivation is ethical?