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Citation banning whale trainers from water will not be appealed by SeaWorld

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Aug 22, 2014 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
SeaWorld Entertainment will not be appealing their latest citation with the Supreme Court. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the marine parks in 2010 for putting their trainers in danger by having them work in the water with the whales; this was upheld in April by the U.S. Court of Appeals. Trainers have not been allowed to be in the water with the animals since this ruling. If they are in the water with the whales, they must be protected by physical barriers or sufficient distance.

SeaWorld released a statement, saying, "The safety of our staff and the welfare of our animals are SeaWorld's highest priorities, and since February 2010 we have made significant safety improvements. ... We are focused on the implementation of those improvements moving forward. As such, we opted not to pursue further appeal of the court's decision, which was based on how we were conducting our killer whale program prior to February 2010."