The American Family Association, a fundamentalist christian group, is urging that Tillikum (Tilly), the “killer” whale that killed it’s trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, be killed, preferably by stoning. Citing Tilly’s history of violent “altercations”, the group is slamming SeaWorld for not listening to Scripture in how to deal with the animal:
Says the ancient civil code of Israel, “When an ox gores a man or woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner shall not be liable.” (Exodus 21:28)”
However, the group is going further and laying the blame for the trainer’s death directly at the feet of Chuck Thompson, the curator in charge of animal behavior, because, according to Scripture, if one of your animals kills a second time because you didn’t kill it after it claimed its first human victim, this time you die right along with your animal!
To use the example from Exodus, if your Ox kills a second time, “the Ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death.” (Exodus 21:29)
SeaWorld has said it has no plans to execute Tilly or Chuck.