Animals

Native Americans: Return Lolita the Orca to the Pacific Northwest

Lolita, the orca at the Miami Seaquarium, has been in captivity for decades. Now, in addition to the animal rights groups that have long been calling for her release, another groups of people are demanding her retirement.

Several Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest, where Lolita was born, are voicing their concern on the orca's ongoing captivity. The natives, whose people have lived alongside orcas for thousands of years, hope that Lolita is soon returned to Puget Sound. They believe holding orcas captive for entertainment purposes is an affront to their cultural beliefs.