MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Claiming that the Miami Seaquarium has not met federal regulations, animal rights activists have appealed the dismissal of a lawsuit aimed at releasing the attraction’s Lolita the killer whale.
On Tuesday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced that they had filed a lawsuit which challenged the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s automatic renewal of Miami Seaquarium’s Animal Welfare Act license, allowing it to exhibit Lolita.READ MORE: Florida Senate Passes Scaled-Back Emergency Fund
PETA claims Seaquarium is in violation of at least three of the act’s regulations. The group says Lolita is kept in a tank that is smaller than the minimum size required and has no orca companion or shelter from the sun.
Earlier this year, federal officials requested public comment on a proposal to have Lolita included in the endangered species listing for Pugent Sound orcas.READ MORE: Florida Senate Poised To Pass Redistricting Plans
Lolita was captured in 1970 and performs each day at the Seaquarium.
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