August 23, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Did SeaWorld know that its captive killer
whale could cause the death of a trainer?
A former employee says yes!
Hear her shocking allegations in a primetime exclusive.


More than half a billion eggs have
recalled due to salmonella risk.
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Smith in Oregon   August 23rd, 2010 7:49 pm ET

Large corporations seldom listen to their 'mere' employees when a safety issue is noted which could cut into the corporate's bottom line. This routinely results in accidents and employee deaths as found in Seaworld as well as with BP's disaster off Louisiana's coastline.

Only Democratic lawmakers are courageous enough and willing to place a boot against the neck of America's corporate CEO's to force them to abide by safe work place practices and regulations.

IY   August 23rd, 2010 8:45 pm ET

When will stupid people understand that unless animal is a PET, you CAN NOT hold him/her in captivity. Most ZOOs and Circuses are animal torture camps !

LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA   August 23rd, 2010 8:50 pm ET

FORMER EMPLOYEE? Well I guess the former employee has to try to pay the rent somehow. I DON'T BELIEVE IT! NOT ONE BIT! That park was NOT aware of that whales' potential to kill a trainer. The whale wasn't even considered a 'KILLER WHALE' until he killed! SEA WORLD nor the trainer, GOD REST HER SOUL, thought the whale was a killer! He was her baby; she loved him, as did he her! She'd played with him oftentimes before. We don't know what destracted him that day! THE EX-EMPLOYEE IS JUST TRYING TO GET PAID!

eskercurve   August 23rd, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Another former employee. Sea World will spend a lot of money trying to cover things up. There are many whales, including two in San Diego that have had "incidences" but the trainers, while they no longer get in the water, are still very close to these animals.

Lois   August 23rd, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Tillicum I believe came from Victoira BC Canada. I seen Tillicum just hours before his killing of his trainer at sealand in Victoria BC. I had quite a lot of video tape of him just before his last killing. He did the same thing throw the trainer around in the water just like a ball. We all believed he was a depressed whale because of his environment. Why has no one mentioned Tillicum has killed before?????

Lauren Fox   August 23rd, 2010 9:14 pm ET

After a Whale took a trainer down in San Diego. A Bush was warned that a trainer would drive. Bush added cameras and and alarm system in the stadiums. 170,000 dollars

Jordan   August 23rd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Ofcourse seaworld knew that the captive killer whale could cause a trainers death beacuse its a wild animal. The trainers take the risk of injury everytime they deal with any of the animals beacuse they are animals. Like how a lion trainer risk injury when dealing with the lion. You risk injury and death whenever you deal with animals and the trainers know this

Brandy   August 23rd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

My concern is that it took sooo long for ALL the information to come out. I live in Utah which originally wasn't on the list of affected states, and I'm on chemo . I eat eggs @ 2-3 x's a week, have lately had terrible what I thought was stomach problems related to the medication, even though it was very different then what I experienced. I know most people will just get "over it", but am I in a different place as far as seeking treatment?

Eric in Missouri   August 23rd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

The former Sea World trainer was extremely pompous. Perhaps that's one of the big problems here – they have such egos they can't see past the obvious, which is that Killer Whales tend to kill.

Cathy   August 23rd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

@Smith in Oregon,
Well I guess that depends of your definition of safe and what it includes.
I didn't see the Democrats making Enron and MCI safe; did I miss something.

Shari   August 23rd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

This whale, Tillikum, was purchased by SeaWorld and SeaWorld had FULL KNOWLEDGE that this whale had killed, not once but twice before and they still used him in their shows.

Jared   August 23rd, 2010 9:30 pm ET

I think the whale trainers need to sign a paper saying that you understand what could happen doing that type of work. There's deaths in every trade of life

yankees#1   August 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

alright i would like to start out by saying that former employee is full of it for one i have been to sea world and i loved it there and when she was there im sure she did too all of a sudden she is going to say o yeah they did wrong. these are wild animals and these trainers all know this nobody is at fault im not saying shut it down but there wild they are going to do this once in awhile. that trainer knew what she was doing when she started the wild is the wild for a reason even the wilds babies are going to be wild what the hell are you all thinking thank you

Lauralea   August 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

What I would like everyone to think about is how many people have been killed by family dogs, horses, cows and other animals. Should we stay away from all animals. Let's don't forget people who kill people. Life on earth is dangerous.

Jeffrey Levine   August 23rd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Sine the flu vaccine is created in eggs how is this problem going to effect the next vaccine?

pete   August 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

How is it known that half a billion eggs are contaminated? That's an assumption, it would be impossible to actually test that many eggs. is this another specious "cry wolf"?

Gordon   August 23rd, 2010 9:37 pm ET

We eat Organic eggs purchased from Costco. Are they affected? We do not keep the egg box after purchase therefore I have no idea what Julian number my eggs are

shirley   August 23rd, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I always eat organic eggs due to the filthy and inhumane conditions in which poulty is raised, so there is less concern.

Cajazz76:24:8   August 23rd, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Man is the only animal that cuddles, coddles, and remains on amicable terms of those he intends to eat, until he slaughters and devours them.caj

Petert Ponzol   August 23rd, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Message for Ric O Barry. Hi Ric a voice from the past. Coconut Grove 1968. If you get this please contact meat the aboce email address. Larry, we met also at that time throught Jackie Gleason. I was a jazz musician playing with Ira Sullivan, Monty Alexander, 79th St Causeway, etc. Ric you sublet my cottage on Tigertail. Would love to say hello,"Best,

Pete Ponzol

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 23rd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

This isnt the first time the chicken farms have mistreated there animal's who dropped the ball on keeping them in line .

joseph derobertis   August 23rd, 2010 9:41 pm ET

only eat local eggs and eating less eggs than ever

Anne   August 23rd, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Larry; why not mention the pasteurized eggs sold by a company in Lansing, Illinois...Davidson's pasteurized eggs. It would be good for your viewers to know that there is a safe alternative egg. I only buy these eggs and they taste and look no different than an unpasteurized egg. You could have a representative from the company on your show to give us the details.

Mary   August 23rd, 2010 9:43 pm ET

CNN has given the states where the contaminated eggs were sold, Walmart in Pennsylvania is also on the list and we returned eggs to them today and got refunded. So the large chain stores have apparently put them in stores in other states.

Gregg   August 23rd, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Why do you NOT refrigerate your eggs? In Canada our eggs are refrigerated from farm gate to grocery cart and we never get outbreaks like you've had in the U.S. I've been sick from eating eggs in a restaurant in California and I've never been so sick in my life and I believe its because you do not refrigerate your eggs. I've been in stores in the U.S. and I see stacks of eggs sitting on the floor outside refrigerators and at room temperature.

Claudia Thomas   August 23rd, 2010 9:46 pm ET

TOPIC: Sea World Whistleblower
Full disclosure first: I am a close friend and neighbor of Linda Simons. I am saddened for her sake that she has been put in a position to bring this out as she felt obliged to do. I am also dumbfounded that Sea World did not do the right thing when they should have. None of your viewers should be surprised to hear the standard defense this company is now offering by making false claims about her performance.
I also fear for Linda and her family, since she will now face months, if not years, in a dragged out legal fight for doing what I know her fierce ethics dictated she do.
I won't go so far as to say that no animals should be held in captivity – nor would Linda – there are many positive things that can be done to protect wildlife by organizations like these. But that does not excuse the typical 'circle the wagons' mentality we so often see when something goes wrong. Sea World – shame on you.

Mike Wilson   August 23rd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

My comment is that Dr. Raz said that Caesar salad is made. With raw eggs,most restaurants that follow HEALTH codes know that you use pasteurized eggs only! Please don't give restaurants a bad name

Nancy   August 23rd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Question for the Eggsperts from Nancy in Toledo:

How will this egg-salmonella issue affect the production of VACCINES going forward???

Susan Westover   August 23rd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

During the Reagan administation there was a push to deregulate industries. My recollection is that the FDA criteria for food went from "food must be safe" to "The public must be warned.' Soon after we were all told to wash surfaces touched by raw chicken, to wash hands and we were "warned" that salmonella wwas now an issue that had to be dealt with by the public.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 23rd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

The military uses eggs in a milk carton are there eggs effected .

Dodie   August 23rd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

It shows through behavior that Orca's are more intelligent than humans. We just do not want to admit that.

All eggs have potential for contamination whether organic or not.

Pat Gallagher   August 23rd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Are the inhuman conditions in which these chickens are raised contribute to the various diseases we see in farm factories?

Jean, Toronto   August 23rd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

A dangerous fish as a killer whale should not be kept in captivity. Sea World knows that whales are dangerous and killers.
The whale does not have sense as a human being. He may have been hungry; thought the trainer was a fish or toy to play with and/or eat.
The whale, being a dangerous fish, also some animals and mammals, they should remain in their kingdom and not be incarcerated and trained for the pleasure of human beings.
By no means should human beings train them and use them as also pets. When is the government going to wake up and outlaw this practice? It is time for government action to protect its nationals and the fishes of the sea.
I would say, stick to the Dolphins. They are tame fishes and appear to love people. Has a dolphin ever harmed spectators or trainers? I have not yet heard of it.
In any case, the fishes of the sea are for our consumption and not to be utilized otherwise.

Beckie Christie   August 23rd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

I added chopped eggs to my salad at a lunch (Claim Jumper) provided by my employer last Friday during a catered lunch at our Management meeting. I was violently ill Friday and Saturday and still feel like someone beat me up today – Monday. I had to go on a business trip to Austin, but I need to know who to call about how sick I was. I was actually too sick to drive to the emergency room since I live on a farm in Piru and couldn't stand up long enough to get into my car and drive. I'm still not well, but have to get through this trip. I will probably go among the uncounted of really sick people because I just can't get to a hospital.
Please advise....

tet1953   August 23rd, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Someone posted on CNN recently that in Europe they vaccinate chickens and thus do not even need to refrigerate eggs. Why the heck do we not do that?

Chris Johnston   August 23rd, 2010 9:52 pm ET

For Larry King/Dr. Goupta or any one listening

Any chance some of the tainted eggs were used to make the flue vaccine for 2010?

Bruce Bond   August 23rd, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Question about eggs... Sometimes when you buy groceries, they have a warning that that a particular product is made in a factory that also manufactures nut products and should not be used by people that have an allergy to peanuts, etc. Could these tainted eggs have contaminated other products that are processed in the same facility, (if there are any – are there?)?

Bruce – Northern CA

barbara   August 23rd, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Isn't it true that Salmonella poisoning can cause arthritis in later life?

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 23rd, 2010 9:54 pm ET

People that eat any uncooked foods are taking chances .

Mathew Kanji   August 23rd, 2010 9:54 pm ET

I am not scared of eating eggs. Eat them every day after I checked to make sure it did not have the same plant numbers

I am not scared of things I KNOW
I amn scared of the other things we don't.


cyrel Helms sr   August 23rd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

when creating a panic, the list of infected egg selling companies should be easy to find on the net, tv or newspaper. i cant find anything without spending half a day dodging links to insignificant information. America sucks! next thing you know, itll become a conspiracy theory.

Gee Gee Collins   August 23rd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

If you like raw cookie dough and enjoy eating runny eggs which I do – how about eating pasteruized eggs? Does this kill the Salmonella?

bob slater   August 23rd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

what about mayonnaise now ?

Jon Petersen   August 23rd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Pasteurization of milk and milk products has been an accepted process for many decades.
When is Congress going to wake up and give the FDA the funding it needs and the mandate to get enough inspectors to frequent the "egg factories", food storage warehouses (eg: peanut plants) and meat rendering and packing plants to ensure that our food chain is safe?
It seems that a mandate of pasteurization of eggs should not take a rocket scientist to figure out that it is needed. Self inspecting? What's that all about?

And irradiation of meat and meat products, I believe, has been tested and investigated and been to determined to be safe or reasonably so.
With so much contamination in our food chain, domestic and foreign, irradiation seems to me to be a minimal risk compared to what we have been otherwise exposed to.

We need to get Congress to get out of their stupor and get to work on this critical issue.
Thanks for listening.
Jon in New Mexico

Dickey Billings   August 23rd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

I have Crohns disease and are being checked for salmonella now by my doctor.they said it could kill me .I've already had % feet of my small instestines removed. thank you.

Peter D   August 23rd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

I don't understand why all eggs can't be pasteurized. The few cents more they would cost to purchase far outweighs the risk of serious illness. This recall is costing millions of dollars.

Mike Mizanin   August 23rd, 2010 10:05 pm ET

My father works at Hillandale and we eat those eggs everyday and the problem lies in only Iowa. People who eat the eggs not from Iowa are OK.

J.D. Griffin   August 23rd, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Dear Mr. King 🙂 I have enjoyed your show for many years. One of the things I like best about you is your sense of caring about your guests, no matter who they are.

So I was very saddened to see the way you treated Ingrid of PETA on your show when your friend Jack Hannah was on about Sea World, and now we certainly see that Sea World has been to blame in some ways at least.

I just felt that your treatment of Ingrid from PETA was unworthy really of all the kindness and integrity I've seen you express, I wish you would get her back on, perhaps discuss the Ringling elephant beatings, or whatever, but make it even for PETA on your show.

Nevertheless, your magnanimous attitude will be missed and I hope before you go you will share a few more stories with us as you did about staying alone at the station during the storm, I'm sure you have done some amazing things.

Very best wishes,

J.D. Griffin

Sara Pemberton   August 23rd, 2010 10:46 pm ET

If I was a whale and some idiot yanked me from my natural habitat, restricted me to a swimming pool, forced me to do stupid tricks, I would eat everyone of those trainers! Oh and by the way, Orca's got the label Killer Whale because they kill other whales not people. Seaworld is so stupid, what did they think would happen. These mammals that they are forcing into captivity is a money maker, that's it, if they really cared about marine life, they wouldn't be doing this in the first place. Blatant animal cruelty and exploitation.

Again, with the eggs, another blatant act of animal cruelty. These factory facilities need to be shut down! Do you know what they do to the these hens once they have been treated so brutally? The majority are shoved down a wood chipper, ALIVE! I rest my case!

Mr. Kirby and Mr. Pollan told the TRUTH about this industry!! Listen to these people.

Gerald Jolly   August 23rd, 2010 11:04 pm ET

If Sea World did'nt know of the danger.

They should not of allowed the trainer to expose herseld which ultimately lead to her death.

This is one litigation case I would give my right arm to adjudicate.

Minimum demand for restitution $100 million dolars, in the hope that it would drive them into bankruptcy.

Dont blame the whale or the trainer.

Blame an incompetent greedy selfish self serving group of morons.

dede porto   August 23rd, 2010 11:11 pm ET

The Haitian Constitution clearly states that a candidate for Presidential Election must be a native-born Haitian and never have renounced Haitian nationality. Therefore why does Yvon Neptune, former Prime Minister for Haiti have a US passport number and yet his name still appear in the approved candidate list? WHY WHY WHY

Mayte   August 23rd, 2010 11:26 pm ET

My question is about the egg recall. Does the recall count on the eggs that are organic? I live in Iowa and i'am afraid to try any egg but i was wondering about the organic eggs.

Dodie   August 24th, 2010 12:16 am ET

@ Gerald Jolly

excellent point and well said

CNN please stop calling the Orca whales.....Killer Whales!!!

matt   August 24th, 2010 12:17 am ET

I think this lady is overacting because of her firing. These animals are WILD they are going to do what comes most natural, killing, hence the name killer whales. We always find someone to blame when an animal acts out, when in actuality follow them in nature and see how they act and if it was out of the ordinary. I think you will find it most NATURAL for these animals and any animal held in captivity.

Dodie   August 24th, 2010 12:25 am ET

both of John C Lilly's dolphins committed suicide. They drowned at the bottom of a pool!!!!!!

Dodie   August 24th, 2010 12:27 am ET

@ matt

Killer whales comes from.... Orcas "kill other Whales" When under extreme distress, they act just like a human......Psychotic!!!

Ben Adams   August 24th, 2010 12:27 am ET

with regards to the Sea World accident,I believe Linda Simons sounds a disgruntled former employee.I do not for one minute believe Sea World willfully acted in a manner that put the trainer's life in jeopardy!It is a wonderful place,and these animal rights nutjobs need to get a life,instead of paying off people like Ms. Simons to regergitate a bunch of talking points which were probably written for her!

Duane Zimmerman   August 24th, 2010 12:44 am ET

In Florida.....we have stopped eating eggs completely. I do not believe this is over. I think the recall will expand into Florida.

Smith in Oregon   August 24th, 2010 12:53 am ET

The number ONE reason for salmonella poisoning from chicken eggs is poor cooking and kitchen habits. Sadly, that wasn't clearly explained nor was it given the due focus which it entirely deserves regarding the number of salmonella cases in America.

Raw chickens and Raw chicken eggs often contain salmonella and e-coli bacteria which are fully capable of making any human consuming them ill. Good cooking and kitchen habits can almost entirely prevent ANYONE from contracting Salmonella and E-Coli poisoning.

When handling and preparing raw chickens and raw chicken eggs make absolutely certain forks and knives that touch them are not again used with the cooked final product. Make certain you completely sanitize your hands after handling a raw chicken before handling any food ready for consumption. The biggest gateway of Salmonella poisoning is thru the bad habit of a person using a fork or tool to scramble or whip up raw eggs and that same fork or tool later comes into contact with the cooked eggs.

Nearly everyone has a microwave in their kitchen. I'm betting it takes a mere 60 seconds of a finished egg or chicken dinner placed into a microwave to de-active and kill the bacteria's Salmonella, E-Coli and likely all virus's that might still exist on that egg or chicken plate.

Tip, after preparing a egg or chicken product and placing it onto it's final serving plate, pop that into the microwave set on high for 60 seconds.

Steve   August 24th, 2010 12:54 am ET

Larry, I am a Waffle House cook. I have cooked close to 100, 000 eggs. They just need to be cooked to 145 degrees for 15 seconds, and that should kill all bacteria. Very simple.

Steve, St. Louis

Bill   August 24th, 2010 12:56 am ET

THe FDA has known about it since MAY? They may not have the power to do or force a recall – but I don't know of anything that prevents them from going to the media and saying we have these eggs from Compnay "X" that have tested positive for this desease or that.The CDC came out with the H1N1 warning without knowing where it was breaking out from – later found to be from Mexico.
They have powers to do certain things – the problem is that they want to protect the corporations from losses and not the public health. How many of those 500 Million eggs does anyone figure have already been eaten in restraurants, used in processed foods like pancake mixes and other frozen meals, and just general comsumption at home. Yes if the manufacturer/ chicken farmer had to "eat" those half billion eggs, he would be out of business for not protecting the publics interest over his/her bottom line. By waiting, the governement shielded them from major financial harm.

Lawrence   August 24th, 2010 1:02 am ET

I have met Mr. O'Barry but do not know him personally. However several friends of mine are close to him and have worked with him from time to time, including work on "The Cove". These friends are environmentalists and very socially conscious, and would not waste a moment on Mr. O'Barry were he not truly concerned about animal welfare. His record and reputation is secure.
However the former Seaworld trainer who claims to have trained "hundreds of thousands" of marine mammals seems to be a very busy liar (or a poor record keeper). To train that many animals over for say 45 years would mean about at LEAST a dozen NEW animals EACH day!
The island I live on in the Caribbean has had to struggle for years to get rid of the filthiest looking dolphin facility you can imagine. Some of their abandoned infrastructure still blights the coastline.
The capture of wild dolphins for entertainment also results in the death of many more during the violent capture process. Which makes me wonder how many more died for the "hundreds of thousands" mentioned.
Please stop this disgusting mistreatment and exploitation of one of the most beautiful family of creatures on our planet.
It's setting a terrible example for our children.

Daniel Kunai   August 24th, 2010 1:03 am ET

Chickens and eggs become contaminated with Salmonella via their feed, contact with other chickens, and from infected rats and mice which are permitted to infest chicken coops. In plain words, filthy chicken feed and filthy living conditions.

fred roycroft   August 24th, 2010 1:12 am ET

larry, don't often watch your show , however i was tonight. for all the negative that is being thrown around about the egg recall as well as all the other farm related actavism that goes on in this country these days, someone should do a show that would outline all of the negitive that the american puplic would encounter should these so called factory farms not be allowed to exist. outside of the ovious lack of available food, what would be available would be affordable to only the top one percent of the us population. the small farms/farmers can not produce enough to feed all, outside of the very real fact that most small farmers must allso work a job outside the home to pay their own bills. i get mad as hell listening to all this small sustainable farming bs., coming no less than from folks who wouldn't make a pimple on a farmers a$$, small or large. i farm 60 acres in south eastern pa.{days]and work [nights] to help pay the bills. i would challenge any and all of the loud mouths on your show to work my week for one week. they likly wouldn't have the energy to to do much talking for at least a week afterwards, and that is presuming that they made it thru the week. as the saying goes, DON'T CUSS THE FARMER WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL.

KT   August 24th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Ric, your blood must be boiling right now. How dare Thad compare 100 years of quality life free in the ocean to a measly 10 years in a cement tank!!!!!!!! This is outrageous! Leave the whales alone! Stop using them for entertainment! They are living animals and deserve to be respected. I praise OSHA for making a stand and saying that something has to change.

Donna Larson   August 24th, 2010 2:50 am ET

With this large recall on eggs, how will this affect flu shots this fall?

Patty   August 24th, 2010 3:33 am ET

All trainers of wild animals know the risks they face. They love their animals. It is obvious that she loved this whale. You can see it from the pictures. She knew the risk she was taking, but was willing to do it. If she could talk to this lady on your show tonight, I think she would tell her she does not know what she is talking about. This is a person who is looking to get her minute of fame. I do not consider her a credible person at all. It is obvious she does not know what she is talking about. She was not at Sea World long enough to even get to know their safety procedures or their system.

Carole   August 24th, 2010 3:33 am ET

They need to put Thad in a tank with Tillikum. The man is an idiot.

Orcas do not belong in tanks. it's time for SeaWorld and Miami Seaquarium to take some of the millions of dollars they have made and set up natural seapens for these animals to be retired to.

Enough is enough. If you want your children to see orcas, bring them to the state of Washington on vacation. You can see them in the wild, in their families, and believe me, it's 100% better than watching them do stupid tricks to get fed at these aquariums!

Angie   August 24th, 2010 8:22 am ET

This egg recall is just one more example of farms getting too big for their britches. In order to run farms that big, the animals are fed and housed in completely unnatural ways. It is done because it's cheapest and creates the most money for the industry at the risk of the health of the consumer. It's a daily occurance and the USDA makes darn sure that no legislation is passed to rein them in. There's no one policing these farms. EPA has no real control, DNR can't really touch them, FDA looks the other way... Money talks while the general public pays.

Gina S   August 24th, 2010 2:40 pm ET

Sea World reps do two things I've noticed when discussing Tillikum, Dawn, and captivity. They always bring up in the beginning of the hearing/interview Dawn's family's views. I have no doubt that they feel Dawn would not want to see Tillikum in seclusion because of what happened. I believe it would break her heart to know Tillkum gets no human contact now at all. She was the only trainer they supposedly let get near him and work closely with him. Obviously Dawn misjudged Tillikum, so her families wishes are really not relevant to today's debate.

I've yet to see Sea World's speakers defend themselves when their opponents make a valid argument. Instead Sea World attacks whoever the speakers are.

To be honest these so called professionals Sea World has speaking for them remind me of four year old kids having a disagreement. In fact I think most four years old's argue more intelligently.

Bill   August 24th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Larry there is one other candidate in the governors race that has a chance as an independent. Do not forget Bud Chiles

TomJoy   August 25th, 2010 8:54 pm ET

I can't imagine anyone getting into a tank with a 10,000 pound orca and not understanding the danger. It isn't an issue of misjudging the animal. Even if that particular animal had always been docile, you are in their world and they are big enough to kill you in a heartbeat – on purpose, accidentally or even by just playing. It's just an incredibly dangerous thing to do.

Sandra   August 25th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Animals don't belong in cages.

Danny   August 25th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Scott beame a viable Flordia candidate for govenor by spending $50 million of his own money for a job that pays $125,000.00 per year. Do our polititians really think we don't do the math and can't figure out that the pay back is in kick back and corruption. Replace them all, that would get their attention!!!!!

Rock With You Horsegirl   August 26th, 2010 2:10 am ET

It seems strange that Sea World would not have any safety precautions when training these animals. I am sure they treat the animals humanely, and the trainers are aware of the danger. Training an animal that weighs a lot more than you is risky. It's no different than working with a wild mustang, you take risks!

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