NOAA Lists Captive Orca as Endangered Species

February 5, 2015 3:22 PM

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Wednesday issued a final ruling under which it listed captive orca whale at a Miami aquarium as an endangered species. Activists for long fought for the freedom of orca, also known as Lolita, from the Miami Seaquarium.

The Wednesday’s move from NOAA came in response to a petition filed by a consortium of animal rights groups in 2013. NOAA in its ruling said that captive animals such as Lolita cannot be assigned separate legal status from their wild counterparts.

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