Vote of the week: Trainers in the water during the Shamu shows
Written by Robert Niles
A judge this week upheld the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's decision that SeaWorld must not allow its trainers in the water with orcas during shows at the company's U.S. theme parks.Tweet
Getting close with Corky the orca, backstage at SeaWorld San Diego
The judge's decision does not prohibit physical contact with the whales outside show times, which I find ironic because the incident that precipitated all this didn't happen during a show.
So here's my question for you: After reading all the information above, what do you think about SeaWorld ever putting trainers back in the water during its Shamu shows? Should SeaWorld pursue technology that it would allow it to do so? Should it continue to appeal or seek a political solution that would allow the trainers back in the water during shows? Or should it give up that fight, and continue to operate the shows as they have been for the past two years - with trainers out of the water?
As the judge in the case noted, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment enjoyed record revenue and strong attendance last year, with the trainers out of the water, so it's not like the decision has hurt SeaWorld's business. But that doesn't mean that some fans don't continue to miss that iconic moment when a SeaWorld trainer launches from the water and into the air, flying off the nose of a killer whale.
What do you think?
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