Feds accept petition on captive orca Lolita

The federal government has agreed to accept a petition that asked to have captive killer whale Lolita included in the endangered species listing for Puget Sound orcas.

Lolita was captured from that whale population in 1970 and is now at the Miami Sequarium.

Her fellow orcas spend most of their time in Washington’s Puget Sound and British Columbia. Lolita is a member of the L pod, or family.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has listed these Southern Resident orcas as endangered since 2005. The wild population currently numbers 84.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is working with other animal rights groups to have Lolita freed from captivity, filed this petition.

La decisión anunciada el miércoles agregará Lolita a una revisión actual de la situación de las orcas de Puget Sound como una especie en peligro de extinción.

 

Fuente: La Prensa Asociada

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