From WinkNews: SeaWorld appeals whale contact ban
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - SeaWorld is appealing a federal judge's ruling that
animal trainers can't have unprotected contact with killer whales
during public performances.
Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks
& Entertainment reported Tuesday that it has filed a petition for
discretionary review with the Occupational Safety and Health Review
Commission concerning parts of Judge Ken S. Welsch's decision this past
The ruling will become final on July 16 if
commissioners do not grant a review. The decision followed the February
2010 death of SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau. She was grabbed
and drowned by the six-ton killer whale Tilikum.
six-month investigation, OSHA cited SeaWorld with three safety
violations and recommended trainers never again be allowed near the
whales without a barrier for protection.