Fight the Exploitation of Endangered Species

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on June 27, 2012

She swims in endless circles in a tiny, barren tank. Lolita was captured and taken from her family at the age of four, and for the last 40 years, the endangered orca has been forced to live and perform meaningless tricks at the Miami Seaquarium. Her tank, where she has lived without an orca companion for more than 30 years, is the smallest orca tank in North America — the orca equivalent of a concrete bathtub.

That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is fighting to ensure that Lolita receives the federal protections she is rightfully due. Join ALDF’s fight for Lolita and help us raise $250,000 during our 2012 Annual Fund Drive!

After Lolita was captured off the coast of Washington State four decades ago, wild members of her pod were granted Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections. However, captive members of the pod, like Lolita, were excluded from ESA protections with no explanation given by the National Marine Fisheries Services. ALDF is suing the federal government, arguing Lolita’s exclusion from federal protections is blatantly illegal.

It is only right that Lolita be granted the protections under federal law which she is rightfully due and which best ensure her survival and well-being, which could include transferring her to a sea pen in her home waters and releasing her back to her family pod. Help free Lolita from the miserable, lonely conditions she is forced to endure. Donate to ALDF’s Annual Fund Drive today!