Regard SeaWorld as a Violation of the 13th Amendment!

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The 13th Amendment, ratified on December 6th, 1865, clearly states "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." From that day on and forward, slavery was official abolished from the U.S., or in simple words, slavery became illegal and unjust. 

Except that it wasn't abolished. Not for everyone. 

SeaWorld has been keeping its animals, specifically orcas, in small tanks for more than 12 hours a day to a size equivalent to a human's bathtub for them. In other words, think of spending half of your day in a bathtub with only a few inches to spare. That's not all. In these harsh conditions, SeaWorld "rewards" its orcas after they correctly perform a crude trick by giving it a few dead fish. If it refuses or cannot find in its abilities to perform the desired move, the idea of dinner goes poof! and it will soon be put under drastic conditions, starving it and punishing it severely in ways that the human race should not imagine. Unless it performs the trick in a manner that the trainers approve of, they will be forced to live in these drastic conditions. 

So I ask you, is this not slavery? Does this not resemble the slavery of the African-Americans starting from about roughly the 1600s? The kidnapping from their homeland - isolated and taken away from their families - the brutal treatment under their masters, the harsh and inhumane conditions for any living creature to survive in, and the claims and attempts to keep this seem as normal and humane as possible. 

The 13th Amendment does not specify if this only applies to human beings. It only clearly states that no slavery will ever exist within the United States. Many of this petition's opposers will use this against the argument. But I believe that I can use this as a piece for my argument as well. This is a new era, and the true power of the Constitution and its Amendments is its ability to adapt to any century, from the 1700s to the 2000s. So I say we interpret this amendment as ending slavery to all living creatures on this planet Earth. Because as the African-American slaves deserved that, these whales deserve the same kind of freedom and long-awaited justice as well. 

 



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