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PETA v. Sea World

Plaintiff's Attorney:   Matthew Strugar and Jeffrey S. Kerr

Topic: 13th Amendment

Case File #:   Case No.: 11-cv-

Jurisdiction:   California

Year Case Filed:   2011

Name of the Document:   Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief


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In this case of first impression, five wild-captured orcas named Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka, and Ulises (collectively, the “Plaintiffs”), seek a declaration that they are held by the Defendants in violation of Section One of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude. Plaintiffs were forcibly taken from their families and natural habitats, are held captive at SeaWorld San Diego and SeaWorld Orlando, denied everything that is natural to them, subjected to artificial insemination or sperm collection to breed performers for Defendants’ shows, and forced to perform, all for Defendants’ profit. As such, Plaintiffs are held in slavery and involuntary servitude. Plaintiffs also seek an injunction freeing them from Defendants’ bondage and placing them in a habitat suited to their individual needs and best interests.

Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (.pdf)

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