Monday, February 17, 2014

Chance for captured orca featured in ‘Blackfish’ to go free

The National Marine Fisheries Service recently proposed a rule to grant Lolita, an orca living alone in a small pen, the same status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that covers all other Southern Resident orcas—the pod that she was captured 1970 (see video). This action follows a campaign that included a petition by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Orca Network, and others. Lolita may escape her servitude in the smallest orca pen in North America--an enclosure so small it has been called a Miami whale puddle. Mate may have committed suicide in response to captivity Continue reading at http://www.examiner.com/article/chance-for-captured-orca-featured-blackfish-to-go-free

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