Thursday, February 9, 2012

Whales Dismissed

In case you were wondering what ever happened to the complaint filed by five killer whales (represented by PETA) alleging that Sea World was subjecting them to slavery in violation of the 13th Amendment, it was just dismissed.  The district court in San Diego held that "the only reasonable interpretation of the Thirteenth Amendment's plain language is that it applies to persons, and not to non-persons such as orcas."  

So corporations are people, but killer whales are not.

Hat tip to Huff Post Green; the article is here.


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And as to corporations being persons, remember that was not a decision by the Court but was a statement placed by the reporter in a headnote in a Supreme Court case having to do with the railroads in the late 1800s. Yes, the then-presiding Chief Justice of the Supreme Court made the comment before arguments and he did not prohibit the reporter from including the statement that corporations are persons, but that definition was not actually decided.

Posted by: Sharon L. Crommett | Feb 12, 2012 8:50:33 AM

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