Sea World Orlando is petitioning for a hearing on the findings of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration regarding the investigation into the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum. Sea World is requesting the hearing be closed and all documents sealed.
We have to wonder what is Sea World Orlando afraid the public might learn through such a hearing? Are there other incidents that will be discussed that have been kept from the public? Will we learn that Sea World has been jeopardizing not just its trainers but possibly the paying public? What would we learn about the training of orcas that might turn us off from supporting such animal entertainment?
If the proceedings are closed and the results sealed, the public will not have the knowledge they need to determine if Sea World Orlando offers reputable protective programs for those involved with orcas nor will they be able to assess the welfare of captive orcas.
Write the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor requesting the hearings be open and the records made public.
Hilda Solis, Secretary
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210