Four members of PETA who dressed up in Orca whale costumes were arrested yesterday at San Diego’s Sea World when they laid in the middle of Sea World Drive for at least an hour blocking traffic. Protest aside, PETA leaves a key question unanswered: where else is an orca whale going to get a job? Shamu is gainfully employed in a county with over 10% unemployment. Therefore it seems more than a wee bit insensitive to unemployed San Diegans to have folks protest an orca whale making it big in the aquatic show business–in the Hollywood of the aquatic show business nonetheless.
Lenin once said that “capitalists will sell us the rope with which we hang them.” Now it appears that whale huggers will sell each other escalating politically correct gobbledygook that will eventually put themselves out of business. Sea World says the upcoming whale show, “One Ocean,” is themed around the idea that humans have to share the ocean with its natives. PETA counters Sea World’s politically correct drivel, which relegates humans to the level of barnacles, with a much simpler slogan found on their signs: “Shut Down Sea World.”
It seems Shamu has a pretty sweet gig here in San Diego. Instead of protesting Shamu’s job, PETA should contact the Labor Council’s Lorena Gonzalez to hook up Shamu with an unsustainable but delicious pension for when the whale retires.