SeaWorld / OSHA – Videos to Help You Understand What is Going On: It is all About Keeping People Safe From Harm and Exploitation.

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“Last August, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to SeaWorld for apparently placing profit above employee safety following the death of Mrs. Brancheau who was brutally killed by Tilikum, a nearly 12,000 pound (5,443 kg) killer whale (Orcinus-orca) on February 24, 2010. The citations, included fines totaling $75,000 for safety violations including the maximum $70,000 penalty for the “Willful” act of knowingly placing its employees at risk, a charge that has major implications beyond the monetary value, which is not substantial for the multi-billion dollar marine park”.(The Orca Project)
On Tuesday, November 15, 2011, the hearings in which SeaWorld is contesting the ruling by OSHA will continue, held over from the initial hearings in September. Below are two videos which will refresh your memory and bring you up to date on this landmark case. Journalist Tim Zimmermann has written a powerful article on the death of another trainer which occurred just two months before Dawn Brancheau was killed, and his insightful article will give you more detailed information on how quickly things can go very wrong for the trainers:

Too many trainers have been injured (some severely), and now with two deaths since Dec. 2009 (Alexis Martinez followed two months later by Dawn Brancheau), it is time for marine parks to be honest with themselves and with the public about what actually goes on between whales and humans in a marine park pool.
This is directly relevant to an ongoing dispute between SeaWorld and OSHA, which says that for trainers to be safe SeaWorld either has to stop performing with them in the water or implement intrusive safety measures that in themselves would change the nature of SeaWorld’s popular and lucrative shows. SeaWorld has flatly rejected this conclusion and is fighting OSHA in court. (Zimmermann)

News following Dawn Brancheau’s death:

Interview during the trials in September:

Random video of a trainer being threatened/charged by a killer whale…this happens all too often.

Trainers are expected to put their lives at risk for a low wage:

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Express your support for the trainers – go to Occupy SeaWorld to find out how you can help keep the trainers from having to put their lives in danger.

Both of these trainers were killed two months apart, in two different amusement parks.

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