PETA Sues to Free Long-Captive Orca
Could she handle freedom? Lolita, a killer whale held in Miami’s Seaquarium for 45 years, might soon go free. PETA filed a lawsuit yesterday that says keeping her in such a confined space violates the Endangered Species Act, which was updated last year to include orcas. But critics warn that releasing her into the wild might kill her, so some want to see Lolita transferred to a netted enclosure first to determine whether she can adapt before releasing her into the waters off Washington state, where she was captured in 1970.