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Bizarre killer whale case dismissed

A bizarre and controversial lawsuit, brought by animal rights campaigners People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) against SeaWorld in San Diego for "enslaving" whales, has been thrown out by an US court.

Listing five of the park's resident orca whales - Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka, and Ulises - as the plaintiffs, PETA had argued that the popular tourist attraction was in breach of the 13th Amendment, which outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude.

On Wednesday, however, US District Judge Jeffrey Miller dismissed the case, writing in his ruling that "the only reasonable interpretation of the 13th Amendment's plain language is that it applies to persons, and not to non-persons such as orcas."