The more people speak up for the release of Lolita, the Orca in confinement at the Miami Seaquarium, the bigger her chances are to be released into a coastal sanctuary.
“Lolita was torn away from her family and natural habitat decades ago. More than 40 years later, she is still stuck in a tank at the Miami Seaquarium—in the smallest orca tank in North America—while the rest of her pod swims freely.
Lolita is a member of the Southern Resident orca population—a group of orcas who are now protected as an endangered species, in part because Lolita’s capture and those like it decimated the population. Inexplicably, Lolita has been denied the same protection as her free-roaming family.
Following a petition submitted by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Orca Network, the National Marine Fisheries Service is now considering finally protecting Lolita as a member of an endangered species, which is an important first step in her rehabilitation and release from captivity. Please urge Palace Entertainment’s CEO to retire Lolita to a coastal sanctuary so that she can begin her rehabilitation immediately.”
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