Everyone is entitled to their day in court!!!
Even companies like SeaWorld who oppose current federal regulations that protect trainers from deadly orcas!
Killer whales like Tilikum have been living up to their name for years, but when SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed on the job in 2010 the government finally decided end the madness.
After an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration concluded working conditions for whale trainers were simply too unsafe, the government barred close contact with these potentially dangerous creatures without some sort of barrier in between.
While this is good news for the friends, family, and children of current trainers who don't want to see their loved ones maimed or killed, it was apparently bad news for SeaWorld stockholders as it cramped the style of the Shamu-esque whale show so many ticket-goers paid to see.
This week the company's lawyers made their case in front of judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals. They argued that the restrictions were unnecessary and damaging to the brand. The corporation's lawyer Eugene Scalia, son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, even made a clumsy football analogy.
"It's as if the federal government came in and told the NFL that 'close contact' on the football field would have to end."
Yeah, it's exactly like that! Only completely different! Angry players don't typically bite, drown, or kill one another!
Besides, the NFL has tons of safety regulations!!!