Federal Agency’s New Action May Mean Release for Orca at Seaquarium

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Posted on January 24, 2014 by Animal Legal Defense Fund

Lolita to Gain Protected Status Following PETA, ALDF Petition

For immediate release:

Contact:

Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
David Perle, PETA

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Miami — Currently confined alone to a tank at the Miami Seaquarium that’s smaller than even the minimum standard required by federal law, Lolita the orca’s future could soon take a turn for the better. Following a petition by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Orca Network, and others, the National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed a rule to grant Lolita the same status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that covers all other Southern Resident orcas—the pod that she was seized from in 1970. PETA and the ALDF believe that the current confinement conditions that Lolita is subjected to are prohibited by the ESA. Today’s action opens the door to the prospect that she could be…

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