Since the movie Blackfish brought the plight of dolphins, whales and other creatures of the ocean visually into the limelight, it hopefully is foreseeable in the near future that all confined beings will be either released or given the space and care they need to lead a good life.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has taken up the fight for Lolita:
“The Miami Seaquarium is in the business of breaking laws. For decades the Seaquarium has confined Lolita, a wild born orca, in conditions that violate the Animal Welfare Act. Lolita is confined to an undersized concrete prison where she is denied shade and the companionship of other orcas. ALDF has sued in response to these conditions.
The Seaquarium has also been violating the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act — the law that protects employees from deadly workplace hazards — by requiring trainers to swim with and even ride Lolita like a surfboard as she performs tricks in her tiny tank. ALDF included exclusive video evidence of this ongoing occupational hazard in a complaint sent to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This complaint renews the request ALDF made first in November, asking OSHA to investigate this blatant violation.”
“Orcas belong in the wild, not in entertainment.”
The Animal League Defense Fund ask you to please take action:
“Take action to have the law enforced! Contact your federal members of Congress and request that they urge OSHA to enforce the law against Miami Seaquarium.”
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