Killer Whale Tilikum Resumed Performance, Animal Rights Activists Outraged

By on Mar 31, 2011 in Animals, Science, United States, World Comments

According to several news reports, a killer whale that took a trainer’s life last year at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida resumed performing on Wednesday for the first time since the incident.

Tilikum Killer Whale
Killer Whale
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The whale, named Tilikum, appeared in SeaWorld‘s show “Believe” on Wednesday morning in front of a crowd of thousands.

Tilikum has not appeared in any shows since February 24, 2010 after he pulled his trainer, Dawn Brancheau, into the water by her ponytail and shook her violently, eventually taking her life.

Animal rights activists are outraged with the decision.

SeaWorld‘s decision to recklessly put Tilikum back in its shows is irresponsible and dangerous for both Tilikum and their employees. It shows that SeaWorld really only cares about what’s best for its bottom line,” Ashley Byrne, senior campaigner for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was quoted saying.

Meanwhile, SeaWorld Animal Training Curator Kelly Flaherty Clark was quoted saying that putting Tilikum back on the show is an important part of its physical, social and mental enrichment.

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