AFA Calls To Stone Killer Whale Tilikum For Drowning Trainer
The American Family Association calls for killer whale Tilikum to be stoned after tragedy involving trainer Dawn Brancheau
Tilikum, the killer whale that drowned its trainer Dawn Brancheau, is an object of heated discussion. The whale will stay away from performances after the tragedy, but it now remains to be decided what the animal's fate will be. The American Family Association, a conservative Christian organization, calls for the whale to be stoned. It says the Scripture says, ""When an ox gores a man or woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner shall not be liable." (Exodus 21:28)" Moreover, the AFA says the Scripture also lays blame on the curator at SeaWorld because the whale was not put down after previous incidents that involved killings.
Meanwhile, some experts say the whale should be set free because it is likely to re-offend. However, SeaWorld maintains that the best place for Tilikum is in his pool. The water park resumed its killer whale shows on February 27, three days after the tragedy.
On February 24, Tilikum killed its trainer Dawn Brancheau when he dragged her underwater and thrashed her body around during one of the shows as horrified audience looked on. The whale killed before - in 1991, Tilikum dragged a marine biology student who fell into its tank. In 1999, a man sneaked into Tilikum's enclosure. His body was found in the pool the next day.
The SeaWorld is currently investigating why the trainer came in such close contact with the whale when the rules demand that trainers maintain adequate distance from the animals. It appears Brancheau was dragged out from the partially submerged ledge.