The White House: Remove OSHA's authority over human-animal interaction professions
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The White House: Remove OSHA's authority over human-animal interaction professions

    1. Petition by

      Marty Flick

      Columbus, OH

A federal judge recently upheld OSHA's citation against SeaWorld, barring public performances in which the park's animal trainers swim in the water with killer whales.  In addition to denying the trainers their dream job, this sets a dangerous precedent for future government interference with other animal trainers and professionals.  Animal trainers are highly educated, skilled, and dedicated professionals, whose work is their passion. They acknowledge, understand, and accept the risks associated with their jobs, much like professional athletes, race car drivers, astronauts, and firefighters. It is their right to decide what safety measures are necessary, and what risks are acceptable.  This petition asks President Barack Obama, under whose authority OSHA resides, to issue an executive order removing professions that involve human and animal interactions from OSHA's oversight, and place it in the hands of those with more experience in this field.

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    • lindsey kopic ALTADENA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      These whales need the one on one interaction with the trainers. People are always freaking out that the whales will kill . What do you think they will do if they don't trust a trainer. I'm in school right now for exotic animal training in marine. Why would you take away the joy that these trainers get to share with the public .

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    • Taylor Cowan MELBOURNE, AR
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I believe that SeaWorld has treats it's animals correctly and that the incident on February 24, 2010 was just an accident. The whales can get too friendly sometimes, and accidents happen. All the trainers know they are swimming and building a close relationship with the TOP predator in the ocean, they should have the right to decide if they want to swim and train the orcas in the water if they want to. We especially shouldn't leave that decision to an animal rights activist group who is against SeaWorld all together.

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    • Jessie Gunderman SIOUX FALLS, SD
      • about 2 years ago

      This is so unbelievably importaint to me because this is my passion and what I've wanted to do since i was five years old. I (as well as the others who want to pursue or are working in this job) know what risks we are taking and we should have the right to choose what WE want forourselves.

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    • Amy Murray RYDE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Because the orcas and trainers need to be able to express their amazing bond and inspire the world again! :)

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    • Ashley W. PORT ORANGE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      It's important to me because I am going into the field of marine biology and I am going to be a whale trainer. and I am aware of the risk i will be taking but it's my dream job

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