Hans Blix was the head United Nations weapons inspector back in the late nineties. He would often go to North Korea and negotiate with the regime on whether they had weapons of mass destruction. He knows only too well how hard to deal with Kim was.
Video is from Team America movie. Language warning, in the last 10 seconds of the video Kim starts swearing like a drunken Scottish sailor.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is suing SeaWorld for keeping slaves – the slaves in this case being five orcas, or killer whales, based at marine parks in San Diego, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to PETA, the lawsuit is based on the plain text of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the condition of slavery without reference to “person” or any particular class of victim. “Slavery is slavery, and it does not depend on the species of the slave any more than it depends on gender, race, or religion,” Jeffrey Kerr, general counsel to PETA, said in a statement.
Kerr told The Associated Press that he believes it’s the first federal court lawsuit seeking constitutional rights for members of an animal species.
The suit, filed Wednesday at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego, seeks the release of three killer whales kept in San Diego and two based in Orlando, the L.A. Times reports.
One of the whales in the group is Tilikum, the 12,000-pound orca who killed whale trainer Dawn Brancheau in front of park visitors in 2010.
“All five of these orcas were violently seized from the ocean and taken from their families as babies,” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said in a statement. “They are denied freedom and everything else that is natural and important to them while kept in small concrete tanks and reduced to performing stupid tricks.”
SeaWorld officials claimed the lawsuit was a publicity stunt, the L.A. Times reports. In a statement, SeaWorld remarked that arguing that killer whales have constitutional rights “is baseless and in many ways offensive.”
In this bloggers humble opinion no animals the size of killer whales should be penned up in captivity. Perhaps dolphins because they seem to have a real, deep affection for humans. But give them giant pools/tanks where they can go for long and fast swims.
Major Bed Bug infestations across North America.
The Simpsons and Winnipeg had some strange and mysterious relationship back in the day.