U.S. Betrays Imprisoned Lolita

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Posted November 21, 2011 by peta2 staff

When the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) listed the Southern Resident killer whale population as endangered, affording them protection from being harmed or harassed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the agency left out one lone orca.

Lolita was captured from the Southern Resident population off the coast of Washington in 1970 as a calf and has been held captive in a tiny cement tank—forced to perform at the Miami Seaquarium—ever since. NMFS cited these captures as the likely reason for the population’s decline, yet it still denied protection to Lolita, the only surviving victim.

Together with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, local residents, and a former Seaquarium employee, PETA filed a lawsuit against NMFS in Lolita’s behalf alleging that her exclusion from the ESA was unlawful. If we are successful, the Miami Seaquarium will be prohibited from harming or harassing her—and PETA could then try for precedent-setting improvements for Lolita, such as a larger tank, no more forced performances, or even release to a sea pen in her native waters.

While we go after marine-mammal abusers in the courtroom, you can go after them at the bank by refusing to fund this cruelty with your admission fee. Please also click here to send a polite e-mail to Eric C. Schwaab, assistant administrator for fisheries, asking that the agency ensure that Lolita is given the protection that she is rightfully due under the Endangered Species Act.

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  • 1260 days ago

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    Is there anything I can do or anyone I can write to try and get this place(MSQ) shut down or inspected or anything?? It’s absolutely disgusting.

  • 1280 days ago

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    Lolita should be set free or at the very least given a proper home. Orcas are an endangered species and this abuse is in violation of the law! It’s amazing to me how deficient the ESAis in performing their duties. One orca in this kind of confinement is just one too many.

  • 1280 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Lolita must be freed!!!

  • 1280 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    poor Lolita!

  • 1281 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    So it’s not just seaworld who is ignorant and dumb? It’s obvious by now that wild animals are suppossed to be wild!

  • 1281 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is just like seaworld. I’ve sent them an email I hope they offer Lolita a way to swim into her natural waters.

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