This Comment addresses the recent controversy surrounding the award of a permit to Sea World, Inc., pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, allowing them to scientifically study ninety orca whales and capture ten whales for public display. The author analyzes the standards a court would use to review the controversial permit, and discusses the proposed legal actions and options of those opposed to the permit. The author then changes perspective and advocates protecting the animals by granting cetaceans themselves legal rights, and examines the justifications and advantages of this new approach.
Mary A. Winters,
Cetacean Rights under Human Laws,
San Diego L. Rev.
Available at: https://digital.sandiego.edu/sdlr/vol21/iss4/7