Prof. David Cassuto on the lawsuit against SeaWorld for keeping five wild-caught orcas

Pace Law School Professor David Cassuto, an expert on animal law and ethics, is available to speak to the press about a lawsuit expected to be filed by PETA and others alleging that SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is violating the Constitution’s ban on slavery by keeping five wild-caught orcas.

About Prof. Cassuto:

  • Teaches Animal Law at Pace Law School
  • Co-editor of Animal Law and the Courts (Thomson West Press, 2008)
  • Founder and principal contributor to the Animal Blawg, focusing on animal law and ethics
  • A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Animal Law, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal
  • Vice-chair of the ABA-TIPS Animal Law Committee
  • Board member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • A member of the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools’ Animal Law section
  • Serves as Judge at the National Animal Advocacy Moot Court Competition held annually at Harvard Law School

Prof. Cassuto on the expected lawsuit:

“This case is intriguing because, unlike other similar lawsuits arguing for ‘personhood’ for animals, it relies on the 13th Amendment prohibition against ‘slavery,’ which does not explicitly reference ‘persons’ or ‘people.’  Because the case hinges on the definition of slavery, it could push the court to articulate new reasons to explain the legality of keeping animals in captivity.”


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