save-lolita:

Lolita has been in captivity for 44 years. She deserves a real home. 
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0056-1841

save-lolita:

Lolita has been in captivity for 44 years. She deserves a real home. 

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0056-1841

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takepart:

URGENT: The Navy’s proposed activities are expected to kill hundreds of thousands marine mammals species. Help us tell them to rescind their training—we only have 3 days left!
Sign here.

takepart:

URGENT: The Navy’s proposed activities are expected to kill hundreds of thousands marine mammals species. Help us tell them to rescind their training—we only have 3 days left!

Sign here.

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harajuku-sweet asked: I just love this blog. My heart has totally been stolen by Lolita and I am praying with every fiber of my being that she gets out of that crappy little pool and is able to be back in the ocean where she belongs. <3

Thank you! Me too. It kills me that she’s in there. I just know in my heart it won’t be forever though. Did you post a comment in the regulations.gov site about her release?

humanelongisland:

via Orca Network: January 24 NOAA Fisheries proposed a rule to grant Lolita equal status with her family as a member of an endangered species, pending a 2-month comment period before it is made final.Now our challenge is to persuade NOAA Fisheries to overcome the beliefs promulgated to serve their own interests by the combined forces of the entire captive orca industry over the past four decades that captive orcas can never be returned to their native waters because it could kill them or could harm their wild conspecifics (family).So we are asking all supporters of our proposal for Lolita’s retirement to submit comments to NOAA Fisheries along these lines:The comment period - to help persuade NOAA Fisheries to not only follow through and grant Lolita’s inclusion as a member of her family, but to allow her to return to her home - began January 27. You can make your comments at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0056-1841.Even if/when she is finally determined to be a member of her family under the ESA, if NOAA Fisheries believes her health or her family’s health could be harmed by her return to her native waters they don’t have to allow her to be retired. We have drafted some basic points to make here to clarify those issues:3 essential points to make:1. There is no significant risk to Lolita in any stage of Orca Network’s proposal for Lolita’s retirement in her native waters.a. Transport of orcas according to established protocols is commonly done and has never resulted in serious health issues;b. Immersion of captive marine mammals in their native waters is described as therapeutic in veterinary literature;c. The initial immersion is likely to be followed by exploration of the seapen environs, and heightened energy and metabolic strength, as demonstrated by Keiko upon immersion in Icelandic waters;d. Her ability to catch and eat wild fish is likely to begin to resume in a matter of weeks or months, again as demonstrated by Keiko.2. A thorough examination will be conducted by a team of veterinarians and pathologists prior to transport to detect any potential communicable diseases. Assuming there are not, there will be no significant risk to any members of the Southern Resident Community as a result of Lolita’s return to her native waters.Conclusion: there is no harm to Lolita or her family involved in returning her to her home waters.3. Remaining in captivity will result in continuing mental and physical stresses and health issues.a. Abundant evidence, including peer-reviewed scientific publications, indicate that captivity increases mortality rates for orcas;b. Due to her loneliness from living without the companionship of another orca for over three decades, and due to her exposure to the midday Miami sun, and due to the extremely small size of the tank that has been her only environs for over four decades, she is continually suffering as long as she remains in captivity;c. Despite Lolita’s unlikely good health at over 45 years of age, she is still subject to the adverse effects of captivity on her emotional, mental and physical health.Conclusion: remaining in captivity DOES constitute real harm to Lolita, and given her relatively good health notwithstanding her conditions, she is an excellent candidate for return to her native waters for retirement under human care in a sea pen, and potentially for eventual full release.

humanelongisland:

via Orca Network: January 24 NOAA Fisheries proposed a rule to grant Lolita equal status with her family as a member of an endangered species, pending a 2-month comment period before it is made final.

Now our challenge is to persuade NOAA Fisheries to overcome the beliefs promulgated to serve their own interests by the combined forces of the entire captive orca industry over the past four decades that captive orcas can never be returned to their native waters because it could kill them or could harm their wild conspecifics (family).

So we are asking all supporters of our proposal for Lolita’s retirement to submit comments to NOAA Fisheries along these lines:

The comment period - to help persuade NOAA Fisheries to not only follow through and grant Lolita’s inclusion as a member of her family, but to allow her to return to her home - began January 27. You can make your comments at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0056-1841.

Even if/when she is finally determined to be a member of her family under the ESA, if NOAA Fisheries believes her health or her family’s health could be harmed by her return to her native waters they don’t have to allow her to be retired. We have drafted some basic points to make here to clarify those issues:

3 essential points to make:

1. There is no significant risk to Lolita in any stage of Orca Network’s proposal for Lolita’s retirement in her native waters.
a. Transport of orcas according to established protocols is commonly done and has never resulted in serious health issues;
b. Immersion of captive marine mammals in their native waters is described as therapeutic in veterinary literature;
c. The initial immersion is likely to be followed by exploration of the seapen environs, and heightened energy and metabolic strength, as demonstrated by Keiko upon immersion in Icelandic waters;
d. Her ability to catch and eat wild fish is likely to begin to resume in a matter of weeks or months, again as demonstrated by Keiko.

2. A thorough examination will be conducted by a team of veterinarians and pathologists prior to transport to detect any potential communicable diseases. Assuming there are not, there will be no significant risk to any members of the Southern Resident Community as a result of Lolita’s return to her native waters.

Conclusion: there is no harm to Lolita or her family involved in returning her to her home waters.

3. Remaining in captivity will result in continuing mental and physical stresses and health issues.
a. Abundant evidence, including peer-reviewed scientific publications, indicate that captivity increases mortality rates for orcas;
b. Due to her loneliness from living without the companionship of another orca for over three decades, and due to her exposure to the midday Miami sun, and due to the extremely small size of the tank that has been her only environs for over four decades, she is continually suffering as long as she remains in captivity;
c. Despite Lolita’s unlikely good health at over 45 years of age, she is still subject to the adverse effects of captivity on her emotional, mental and physical health.

Conclusion: remaining in captivity DOES constitute real harm to Lolita, and given her relatively good health notwithstanding her conditions, she is an excellent candidate for return to her native waters for retirement under human care in a sea pen, and potentially for eventual full release.

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save-lolita:

This is what we have been fighting for. Please don’t forget to leave a comment. It only takes a moment of your time. 
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0056-1841

save-lolita:

This is what we have been fighting for. Please don’t forget to leave a comment. It only takes a moment of your time. 

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0056-1841

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0ce4n-g0d:

Ocean Life

save-lolita:

Many of you may have heard that January 24 NOAA Fisheries proposed a rule to grant Lolita equal status with her family as a member of an endangered species, pending a 2-month comment period and up to a year before it is made final. The comment period - to help persuade NOAA Fisheries to not only follow through and grant Lolita’s inclusion as a member of her family, but to allow her to return to her home - began January 27 and goes until March 28. You can make your comments HERE

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Full article here: 
https://www.thedodo.com/community/OceanicPreservationSociety/an-angel-captured-in-the-cove-396618171.html

Check this out on thedodo.com! It has some really great suggestions on how to help at the end of the article. 

Reblog! Awareness is contagious.

Full article here:
https://www.thedodo.com/community/OceanicPreservationSociety/an-angel-captured-in-the-cove-396618171.html

Check this out on thedodo.com! It has some really great suggestions on how to help at the end of the article.

Reblog! Awareness is contagious.

corkyii:

bullshit-bullsharks:

So, out of the five or so people I’ve told, none have heard about the new shark conservation documentary.

Extinction Soup, projected to come out in June 2014, will expose the cruelties behind the shark fin trade and the foreseeable dangers it brings to the world if the practice continues. 

They currently have ten days left to raise the last $5000 of the $30000 budget they need. You can donate here… With the success Blackfish had, there’s a large chance that this film can have a similar effect- swaying minds, changing personal choices, and directly benefitting the cause. 

As fearsome as sharks can be to the general public, we have to remember that they’re keystone species in keeping the ocean healthy. They’re also living creatures and we’re essentially hosting the mass murder of them for the use of less than 2% of their body. It’s almost comparable to the rhino horn trade- a desired commodity with no proved benefits but fetches a high dollar… But since they’re sharks, it encompasses a broader range of species and therefore, has less regulation. Do we really want to kill off a predator that’s successfully roamed the ocean for 400 million years? All in the name of showing off your wealth and status?

it’s atrocious how many sharks we’ve killed and species we’ve wiped out or almost wiped out in the past 100 years alone. 

beestheword:

Ric and Louie visit Katie Couric to talk about Taiji.

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