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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Lolita can, should be set free in Puget Sound

Editor,

Thanks for your thoughtful piece about orcas in the wild and in tanks, “Freedom for Lolita?” which ran in the March 1 edition of The Record.

Lolita was ripped from her mother, her family and her home when she was just a baby and has spent more than 40 years in a cramped concrete tank in the Miami Seaquarium. Who with a shred of human decency would deny this intelligent and aware animal a comfortable retirement?

There are many orca experts ready and waiting to help transition Lolita successfully into a protected sea pen, which would allow her greater freedom of movement; the ability to see, sense, and communicate with her wild cousins and other ocean animals as well as to feel the tides and waves; and opportunities to engage in the behaviors that she’s long been denied.

Lolita could spend her final years off-display with some degree of autonomy and self-determination. Doesn’t she deserve some measure of what she’s been denied her entire life?

Lolita has served the Seaquarium’s interests for four decades: Let her go.

JENNIFER O’CONNOR

staff writer

PETA Foundation

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