22 Sep '11, 1pm

Thoughts from OSHA hearing: Pulling back the curtain: why it took unthinkable tragedy to question our captivity

Thoughts from OSHA hearing: Pulling back the curtain: why it took unthinkable tragedy to question our captivity

The long-awaited hearing between the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and SeaWorld started this week near Orlando, Florida. At the heart of the hearing are an administrative law judge’s attempts to evaluate whether the August 2010 citation issued by OSHA against SeaWorld is justified, and whether recommendations prescribed by OSHA to remedy the cited hazards are feasible. And we cannot forget that at the heart of this week’s review are the deaths of two beloved trainers, and the countless injuries of others. As I attend the hearing this week, it has become painfully obvious that SeaWorld is very confident: it is confident in its processes and protocols, and it is confident in its collective ability to control the behavior and responses of not only its trainers, but its orcas. It is not merely arrogance that leads SeaWorld to claim a fool-proof system wi...

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