Unlikely Coalition Announces Plan to Return Orca to Pacific Northwest
In a surprising move, a coalition made up of a theme park owner, animal rights group, and NFL owner-philanthropist has announced a plan to return Lolita, an orca that has lived in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium for over 50 years, to her home waters in the Pacific Northwest.
The Coalition Members
- The theme park owner is John Reilly, who owns the Six Flags theme park chain.
- The animal rights group is PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
- The NFL owner-philanthropist is Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks.
The coalition has put together a plan that involves building a sea pen in the waters off the coast of Washington state. The pen would allow Lolita to acclimate to the natural environment and be reintroduced to her pod.
The plan also includes funding for research on Lolita’s pod and habitat, as well as support for the Lummi Nation, a Native American tribe that has been working to have Lolita returned to her home waters for years.
Lolita’s captivity at the Miami Seaquarium has been a source of controversy for years. Animal rights activists have long argued that keeping an orca in captivity is cruel and inhumane.
Proponents of Lolita’s captivity argue that she is well-cared for and has formed a bond with her trainers.
However, the coalition believes that Lolita deserves a chance to live in her natural habitat and be reunited with her pod.
The coalition is now working to secure the necessary permits and approvals to move forward with the plan. They are also seeking support from other organizations and individuals who share their vision.
If successful, the plan could set a precedent for the release of other captive orcas and marine mammals.
A New Future for Lolita
If Lolita is successfully returned to her home waters, it will be a major victory for animal rights activists and a significant step forward in the fight against animal captivity.
Lolita will have the opportunity to live out the rest of her life in the natural environment and be reunited with her family. It will be a new beginning for this beloved orca and a cause for celebration for all who have worked hard to make it happen.