This is a huge step in the right direction!
The government has opened up their initial ruling to change the ESA language so that Lolita would become protected under the Endangered Species Act like the rest of her family. NMFS is asking for public comments over the next 2 months, let’s give it to them because you know the other side will be submitting their arguments why this not a good idea!
This is her last hope!! Please invite your friends to this event! https://www.facebook.com/events/1442245159341081/
1,800+ comments last time of which 13 were deemed useful by NMFS and enough for the Government to propose removing the captive restriction for Lolita! They’ve opened this up to Scientific Community, the Commercial industry (aka the Captivity Industry) and Us! Continue Reading
Posted on Animal Legal Defense Fund November 7, 2013
Captivity Industry on Trial as ALDF Urges Protective Barriers for All U.S. Marine Theme Parks
For immediate release:
Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Southern resident orca. (CC Miles Ritter)
MIAMI—Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sent a formal letter to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), seeking enforcement of safety standards to protect workers from captive orcas at the Miami Seaquarium. OSHA currently relies upon the “general duty clause” of the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act (“the Act”) to protect orca trainers from injury and death, and ALDF’s letter argues that this clause should apply to every orca exhibitor in the marine display industry, from SeaWorld to the Miami Seaquarium. Today’s letter also requests greater investigation of industry safety violations as well as full enforcement of the Act’s general duty clause which OSHA interprets to require distance between employees and captive orcas on workplace premises during performances. Continue Reading
Turned a few people away from visiting the Miami SeaPrison today. The Miami Dade County Police Department were in their typical harassing mood, especially the police officer wearing the military style hat in the video.
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Date: August 24, 2013 Time: 12-2pm
We will be protesting and handing out leaflets to people informing them of the 43 years Lolita has been in captivity. Please join us to support Lolita being retired. She has made Miami Seaquarium enough money. Please help make a big statement with your support. There are plenty of signs so if you don’t have one, don’t worry. Join the event on Facebook!
Please share this, show up, and invite your friends. Thanks!
This is the 1st annual Empty the Tanks protest. This is a day for everyone around the world to stand up against marine mammal captivity. The abuse and exploitation of these sentient beings has no place in the 21st century.
On July 27th, protests and educational events will be held all over world in front of marine mammal parks and aquariums. If the park is exploiting marine mammals for entertainment and profit then we want people out front creating noise and awareness. The only way to close their doors for good is to get the general public to stop buying tickets. We need your voice, your posters, and your dedication to seeing an end to the captivity industry.
Please join us on July 27th at your local marine park or aquarium. Here is the list of protest locations so far. If you do not see your city or local marine park on the list please contact me about creating your own Empty the Tank protest.
Main Even Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/633576009989898/
SeaWorld San Diego – California, USA https://www.facebook.com/events/618647978163468/
SeaWorld San Antonio – Texas, USA https://www.facebook.com/events/357838031003199/
SeaWorld Orlando – Florida, USA https://www.facebook.com/events/358351534284894/
Marineland Canada – Ontario, Canada https://www.facebook.com/events/195534500570547/
Miami Seaquarium – Florida, USA -https://www.facebook.com/events/662567280423614/
Georgia Aquarium – Georgia, USA https://www.facebook.com/events/565530896812521/
National Aquarium – Baltimore, USA https://www.facebook.com/events/499381876778173/
SeaWorld Australia – Gold Coast, Australia https://www.facebook.com/events/437066849711598/
Dolfinarium Harderwijk – Netherlands https://www.facebook.com/events/562089927145533/
Shedd Aquarium – Chicago, USA https://www.facebook.com/events/264550303682519/
Las Vegas Mirage Hotel Dolphin Habitat – https://www.facebook.com/events/118733298322945/
Durban, South Africa – https://www.facebook.com/events/299249966874495/
Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, BC – https://www.facebook.com/events/150354405145232/
Sea Life Park, Oahu – https://www.facebook.com/events/386286178151442/
Toronto, Canada – https://www.facebook.com/events/134885726689079/
Edinburgh,UK – https://www.facebook.com/events/190470844438281/
Ocean Park, Hong Kong – https://www.facebook.com/events/158796797623663/
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA https://www.facebook.com/events/383012365150320/
** More locations to be added soon.
**Please only RSVP to the events you are going to attend and contact the email below if you are interested in holding a Empty the Tanks protest in your town!!!! Let’s make this huge!
Please join us on July 27th and tell the captivity industry that enough is enough! It is time to Empty the Tanks!