#Boycott … #SetThemFree … #EmptyTheTanks … 🐳
[Many thanks to Teo Freytes for bringing this item to our attention.] Jonathan Kendall (Miami New Times) writes about the growing outrage surrounding Lolita the orca’s continued captivity in the Miami Seaquarium. He stresses that there are fewer than 80 of these orcas left in the world. Here are excerpts:
During the 1960s and ’70s, nearly an entire generation of orca juveniles were corralled, separated from their protective mothers, and sent to oceanariums across the United States. According to NOAA Fisheries, this capture of nearly 50 Southern Residents had a direct impact on the wild pod’s population. Today the animals are classified as endangered.
All but one of those captured orcas have died in tanks where they performed tricks for park guests. Miami Seaquarium’s Lolita, originally named “Tokitae” (Coast Salish for “sparkling waters”) is the last surviving Southern Resident killer whale in captivity. When she arrived at…
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