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Captive Orca Will Remain In Miami Aquarium
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12 Jan 2018 09:28 PM EST

On Friday, a federal appeals court rejected efforts by animal rights advocates to force the Miami Seaquarium in Florida to release Lolita. The killer whale has been held in captivity for nearly half a century.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Miami rejected claims by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and others that keeping Lolita in captivity violated the federal Endangered Species Act. It was a unanimous 3-0 decision.
Friday’s decision upheld a lower court ruling. The lawsuit began in July 2015. It was two months after the National Marine Fisheries Service recognized whales such as Lolita as an endangered species.

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