SeaWorld Tells DC Circ. OSHA Can't Regulate Orca Contact

By Erica Teichert (November 12, 2013, 6:56 PM EST) -- SeaWorld of Florida LLC on Tuesday pushed a D.C. Circuit panel to nix an Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission ruling that it exposes employees to unsafe working conditions that led to a trainer being drowned by a killer whale, saying it should be allowed to monitor and adapt its training protocol without government intervention.

SeaWorld claimed during Tuesday's oral arguments that the U.S. Department of Labor has undermined  its business model by restricting how its human trainers interact with killer whales during performances and criticizing the company's training procedures, maintaining the government has ignored its efforts to adapt its protocols...

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