SeaWorld Death Raises Safety Questions

SeaWorld Death Raises Safety Questions

POSTED: 1:58 pm PST February 26, 2010
UPDATED: 2:07 pm PST February 26, 2010

LAS VEGAS — The death of a SeaWorld trainer in Florida is raising concern over the safety of animal acts like the ones that draw huge crowds on the Las Vegas Strip.

On the Las Vegas Strip, the attack immediately spurred memories of the tiger that mauled magician Roy Horn during a performance in October 2003. Horn’s injuries forced the Mirage to close the long-running Siegfried and Roy show.

Neither performer blamed the tiger, Montecore, for the attack and even performed with the animal in 2009.

Similarly, SeaWorld does not plan to get rid of its killer whale, Tilikum, in the wake of this week’s attack.

The incident begs the question, should wild animals continue to be showcased in entertainment venues?

Las Vegas has several acts and exhibits that involve animals, including tigers, lions and dolphins. Take our FOX5 survey and tell us what you think. Survey can be found on the Fox5 homepage:


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