Support Lolita's Retirement from Captivity

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Originally Posted: 18 October 2011

Support Lolita's Retirement from Captivity

FROM SaveLolita

ACTION

Contact some or all of the organizations below and tell them that it's time to retire Lolita. The size of her tank at the Miami Seaquarium is illegal in size according to USDA/APHIS standards.

She has been there for 40 years.

USDA APHIS Animal Care: ace@aphis.usda.gov
USDA/APHIS/AC
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
Ph: 301-734-7833 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-734-7833 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: 301-734-4978

USDA APHIS Policy and Program: aphis.web@aphis.usda.gov
Office of deputy administrator: 301-734-5136

Animal Welfare Information Center: awic@nal.usda.gov
10301 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
Ph: 301-504-6212
Fax: 301-504-7125

National Marine Fisheries Services: cyber.fish@noaa.gov
NOAA Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Steve Meyers ext. 174
Brian Hooker ext. 173

NOAA
1401 Constitution Ave, NW
Room 6217
Washington, DC 20230
Ph: 202-482-6090
Fax: 202-482-3154

Mayor of Miami: tregalado@miamigov.com
Mayor Tomas P. Regalado
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Office: 305-250-5300
Fax: 305-854-4001

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs
Robert Villar: rvillar@miamidade.gov
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st St, 29th floor
Miami, FL 33128

Governor of Florida
Rick Scott: http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/
Office of the Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Ph: (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801

USDA: APHIS is run under the USDA. Tell the USDA to make APHIS enforce it’s own laws on space requirements of Lolita’s tank.
Secretary Ed Schafer: agsec@usda.gov
Room 200-A Whitten Building
USDA
14th and Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20250
Ph: 202-720-2791
Fax: 202-720-2166

Cindy Smith: aphis.web@aphis.usda.gov
Acting Administrator APHIS
USDA
4700 River Road, Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234

Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce: info@keybiscaynechamber.org
88 West Mcintyre Street 100
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Ph: 305-361-5207

Florida Senator Bill Nelson
United States Senate
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Ph: 202-224-5274

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Ph: 305-361-5705

Arthur Hertz (owner of Seaquarium)
610 Fluvia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Ph: 305-448-8525

Wometco Enterprises Inc. (Aurthur Hertz’ company that includes the Seaquarium)
3195 Ponce Deleon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
P.O. Box 141609
Ph: 305-529-1400
Fax: 305-529-1466

Donna Darm
Assistant Regional Administrator
Protected Resources Division
Nation Marine Fisheries Service
525 NE Oregon Street, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97232
OR
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115

Carnival Cruises: Carnival Cruises proudly supports the Seaquarium and offers it as an excursion when it is in port. Tell them you will not support them until they stop supporting the Miami Seaquarium.
Mickey Arison (CEO)
3655 NW 87th Ave.
Miami, Florida 33178
Ph: 305-599-2600
Fax: 305-406-4700

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Lolita is a 42 year old captive killer whale (orca) living at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida.

Since her brutal capture in 1970, she has been kept in a tank that is illegal by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) standards for size requirements.

Lolita is approximately 21 feet long and 7,000 pounds. Her tank is 20 feet deep at the deepest point and a mere 12 feet deep around the edges. The pool is only 35 feet wide. The Miami Seaquarium is considered to be one of the most dilapidated aquatic parks in the world. It is in need of major repairs, and per the Marine Mammal Inventory Report, has a substantial death rate for their animals.


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