Orca, Owners Shouldn't Be Stoned ... Just Euthanized

Bible-thumping blogger clarifies after firestorm
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2010 7:14 PM CST
Orca, Owners Shouldn't Be Stoned ... Just Euthanized
A killer whale performs during a show at the SeaWorld theme park in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 27, 2010.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – You might remember the blogger who advocated Bible-based killings of SeaWorld’s deadly orca and its owners; after an Internet firestorm, Bryan Fischer is clarifying. Though he cited Exodus passages about stoning, he was merely calling for Tilikum—and those who kept him in the park’s show after earlier fatal incidents”—to be euthanized. “Plus,” he writes for the American Family Association, “even if you wanted to stone a giant dolphin to death, I’m not sure exactly how you’d go about doing it.”

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Fischer compares the incident to all-too-common fatal pit bull maulings, noting that the dogs are usually put down. “It might be worth asking my hyperventilating adversaries what they think should be done to a pit bull owner whose dog mauls a child to death but refuses to put it down, only to have it subsequently maul a second child,” he adds. “Since Dawn Brancheau's life is equal in value to the life of a child, whatever my hissy-fit friends think should be done to the owner of the pit bull should logically be done to the owner of the killer whale. I’ll be happy to let them recommend suitable punishment.”
(Read more Tilikum stories.)

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