Chalk another death up to animal rights insanity and to the ongoing failure of the West to take counsel on practical matters from the Scripture.
At issue is the recent death of a SeaWorld trainer caused by a killer whale. Which could have been prevented if only people had followed the bible and euthanized the whale and possibly the whales owner:
Says the ancient civil code of Israel, “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)
So, your animal kills somebody, your moral responsibility is to put that animal to death. You have no moral culpability in the death, because you didn’t know the animal was going to go postal on somebody.
But, the Scripture soberly warns, if one of your animals kills a second time because you didn’t kill it after it claimed its first human victim, this time you die right along with your animal. To use the example from Exodus, if your ox kills a second time, “the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death.” (Exodus 21:29)
Kill the whale and it’s owners – so some or all of the owners of SeaWorld should be euthanized? I love it when christians get all pro-lifey.
SeaWorld, of course does not want to euthanize the whale – there being some practical considerations involved – for business reasons. The orca represents a considerable outlay of cash and has considerable stud value – it being, mostly, illegal to capture wild orcas:
But it is illegal to capture killer whales in the U.S. and several other countries, and while a few have been caught in recent years in Russia and Japan, U.S. import laws make it difficult to acquire an orca caught in the wild.
“Really, you can’t buy them,” said Speigel, who put the market value of an individual whale at up to $10 million.
SeaWorld got an emergency permit to buy Tilikum and the other two whales less than a year after that attack, and he became the company’s go-to sire. Of the 20 calves born at SeaWorld parks, Tilikum has fathered 13, the company said. SeaWorld has only one other breeding male at the moment.
Before SeaWorld improved its artificial insemination methods, males were more commonly crated, put on planes and lent to various theme parks for breeding, part of the reason that only a handful of parks worldwide have successfully birthed calves. The practice continues despite outcry from animal rights groups.
In short, SeaWorld wants to keep the orca alive for reasons having to do with free market capitalism not “…animal rights insanity…”