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Dawn Brancheau

August 24, 2010 by staff 

Dawn Brancheau, The Safety and Health Administration is fining SeaWorld and 75,000 for the deadly attack in February by the Tilikum orca that left one of the dead from their instructors.

OSHA said Tuesday that the death of Dawn Brancheau by the whale known as Tilikum SeaWorld could have been avoided if he had not seen their employees to potentially dangerous marine mammals, and particularly Tilikun.

OSHA investigation revealed that this animal was one of the three whales involved in the death of an animal trainer at Sea 1991 Pacific Earth, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. SeaWorld had banned swimming coaches with this whale because of his dangerous past behavior, but allowed the educators to interact with the whale even touch it, while the coaches were lying on the edge of the pool in shallow water.

In addition to the story with this whale, the OSHA investigation revealed that SeaWorld trainers have a long history of unexpected and dangerous incidents that may apply to the killer whales in their various facilities, including its location in Orlando. Despite this record, the management does not make significant changes to improve workplace safety for employees.

But SeaWorld is not taking over the government down. In his blog, write that their own internal investigation, consisting of “some of the most respected world’s marine mammal experts,” reached a very different conclusion. ”

OSHA cites allegations that are unsupported by any evidence or precedent and reflects a fundamental lack of understanding of safety requirements related to the care of marine mammals. Killer whales at SeaWorld are displayed in a federal permit under the supervision of two government agencies directly with the expertise required: The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Department of Commerce National Marine Fisheries Service. SeaWorld is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Parks and Aquariums Mammal. Both associations that the safety of employees in a central feature of the rigorous accreditation process.

The activist animal rights organization PETA weighed in after hearing the OSHA fine. On their website, they are calling for Governor Charlie Crist to ask for a special prosecutor to investigate SeaWorld, and are demanding the release of all the orcas at Sea feathers Sea World for rehabilitation.

“[T] He only thing that will prevent the misery and death in the future is in SeaWorld to stop the capture and confinement wild marine mammals for these whales go,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “The list of human beings Keltie Byrne, Martinez, Alex, Pedro Ken, Steve Aibel, and Dawn Brancheau, have been killed or maimed by killer whales in captivity, and the list of families torn apart by greed orca SeaWorld, only otherwise grow. ”

The reason why PETA wants an investigation is to examine the claims made by a complainant, former security chief Linda SeaWorld Simons, who told PETA that it was in a can to work with OSHA on the tragedy of February.

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