Federal Agency’s New Action May Mean Release for Orca at Seaquarium

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Posted on January 24, 2014 by Animal Legal Defense Fund

Lolita to Gain Protected Status Following PETA, ALDF Petition

For immediate release:


Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
David Perle, PETA


Miami — Currently confined alone to a tank at the Miami Seaquarium that’s smaller than even the minimum standard required by federal law, Lolita the orca’s future could soon take a turn for the better. Following a petition by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Orca Network, and others, the National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed a rule to grant Lolita the same status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that covers all other Southern Resident orcas—the pod that she was seized from in 1970. PETA and the ALDF believe that the current confinement conditions that Lolita is subjected to are prohibited by the ESA. Today’s action opens the door to the prospect that she could be…

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Crazy Cat Lady? I Don’t Think So.

Dogpaddling Through Life

I am bothered that many people think that a single woman who cares for more than one cat is to be identified as a Crazy Cat Lady. I am even more bothered that many of you think that’s cute and have chosen to embrace the title.

And retailers have taken notice, for now they, too, are calling us Crazy Cat Ladies.

For instance, World’s Best Cat Litter has an ongoing contest for you to show the world you’re a crazy cat lady by taking a photo of yourself and posting it on social media.

That’s right, denigrate yourself and all of your gender on social media in hopes of winning a few bags of cat litter.

But wait, am I being overly sensitive? After all, the photo announcing the contest looks like this:

Wikipedia identifies the term “cat lady” as pejorative- that means abusive. So no, I think I’m being…

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