Lolita Case Returns to Court

Orca Lolita
Lolita (Tokitae), the last surviving wild-caught Southern Resident orca

Gearing up for Superpod 4

Next week I am heading back to San Juan Island for the fourth annual Superpod gathering, a week of talks, events, Q&A’s, whales, and a general celebration of all things orca.  While past events have primarily focused on captive orcas, the paradigm started to shift las

Miami Seaquarium to end trainer rides on Lolita

Following a federal safety investigation by US authorities, Miami Seaquarium has announced that it will no longer allow its trainers to perform rides on the captive orca, Lolita.

The investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) examined how the Seaquarium's trainers work with Lolita, who has been held captive for 44 years.

The Policy of Freedom

There are multiple government agencies that are responsible for overseeing the care and well-being of Lolita, the only surviving member of the Southern Resident orcas that is still trapped in captivity.  The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for

Appeal filed against decision to renew Miami Seaquarium’s license

Despite the fact that the tank of Lolita, the lone orca kept at Miami Seaquarium, fails to meet even the minimum requirements of the United States’ Animal Welfare Act (AWA), a lawsuit filed by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the Orca Network and concerned individuals in 2012 was dismissed by the court. Now the plaintiffs have filed an appeal against the U.S.

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