07 May '13, 11am

Lolita the Orca is One Step Closer to Being Freed

Lolita the Orca is One Step Closer to Being Freed

In 1970, seven Southern Resident orca whales were captured in the notorious Penn Cove roundup in Washington’s Puget Sound to be sold into the entertainment industry for display. The violent roundup, and subsequent coverup of orcas and calves who died and had their bodies weighted down to keep them hidden and avoid having them counted in the “take,” caused public outrage and led to the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972, which bans the capture of marine mammals in U.S. waters and it’s not hard to see why. You can hear haunting cries in the video below, as the orcas are rounded up and separated. Even some who participated still regret what they’ve done. By 1987, all of the 45 orcas who had been kidnapped from their families in the wild had died in captivity except for Lolita. She has spent more than 40 years in an unacceptably (and illegally) small tank at t...

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