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Judge’s Refusal to Review Seaquarium’s Violations of Law Prompts Court Appeal
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Miami — PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the Orca Network, and concerned individuals filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Lolita, the solitary orca confined to a tiny concrete tank at Miami Seaquarium, but the judge has dismissed it. That’s why today, the plaintiffs filed an appeal of the dismissal of the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for automatically renewing Seaquarium’s Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license to exhibit Lolita—despite knowing that Seaquarium is perpetually in blatant violation of at least three AWA regulations. The plaintiffs seek to void Seaquarium’s license and put an end to this absurd practice, which could end Seaquarium’s inhumane treatment of Lolita.

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