Don't Let Sea World Keep Its Dirty Secrets

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Originally Posted: 15 March 2011

Don't Let Sea World Keep Its Dirty Secrets

FROM  BornFree USA

ACTION

Please send a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis asking her to intervene with an executive order to make the hearing, and Sea World’s way of doing business, open to the public.

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And/Or make direct contact:

Secretary Hilda Solis
Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
phone (866) 487-2365 and (202) 693-4676

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

When Sea World Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed last year by Tilicum, the 12,300-pound resident orca, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation and cited Sea World for the willful act of knowingly placing its employees at risk. Sea World is contesting the OSHA findings and has requested a hearing in April — and is asking that the hearing be closed to the public so that records of the case can be sealed. It seems clear that Sea World wants to keep ugly truths from getting out and being used against it, regardless of the cost to orcas or their trainers.

Please send a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis asking her to intervene with an executive order to make the hearing, and Sea World’s way of doing business, open to the public:

I understand that Sea World has requested a Protective Order for the upcoming hearing against OSHA to keep the hearing closed to the public and to seal the contents and expert witness testimony, which includes studies on captive orcas and orca trainer safety. The public has a right to know the contents of this hearing that will have a direct impact on captive orca welfare as well as future trainer safety.

I respectfully request that you deny Sea World's request for a Protective Order and keep this hearing open to the public. The public has the right to know.


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