Four years ago People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the insurgent organization better known as PETA, sued Seaworld on behalf of five killer whales. That was ridiculous in itself. Animals have protected rights. But there is no legal basis for suing on behalf of an animal that has no say in the suit, however imposing the animal may be. PETA named the five orcas as if they were suing, and did worse.
I was one of those arrested protesting at SeaWorld in 1998.
I wish more people were aware of Marjorie Spiegel's book, "The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery", New Society, 1988.
Yes, we are teaching other animals "tricks" to entertain ourselves, when we should actually be learning from them...