A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling against animal rights groups that want orca whale Lolita removed from an oceanarium in Florida.
Lolita has lived at Miami Seaquarium since 1970. Last year, a local judge dismissed the groups’ lawsuit which alleged that the tank holding Lolita violates government animal welfare standards.
An appeals court said last week that although the judges “are sensitive to the plight of Lolita and other animals exhibited across the country”, the orca could remain on display at the Seaquarium and that its rights were being met.
The animal rights groups had argued that agriculture officials were just “rubber-stamping” license renewals and that such a practice undermined the law.
For more information see The Miami Herald.
It is the public’s naivety and ignorance that promotes the continual exploitation of animals. I like to think that the majority of people who go to shows where animals are made to “perform”, just do not realise the spectacle they are witnessing has been made possible by very cruel methods.
Whether it is lions and elephants in a circus or whales and dolphins in a sea-aquarium, as long as people pay money to watch this type of event it will continue to happen. The more that people become aware of the animals plight and perpetual suffering, the more likely it is to end.
In my opinion, the best place to inform people of the reality of captive animals is in children’s schools.