Free Lolita

Updated: Dec 03, 2011 21:12 IST

In this August 8, 1970, photo provided by Wallie Funk, members of a pod of orca whales are held captive in Penn Cove, in the waters off Whidbey Island, Wash. Seven of the dozens of whales captured, including Lolita, who has been performing stunts for Miami Seaquarium for the past four decades, were sold to marine parks around the world. Five whales drowned during the capture. Celebrities, documentary artists, even the former Washington state governor over the years have sought to free Lolita. Activists are now turning to the courts: three residents, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and PETA are suing the federal government in US district court in Seattle, saying the federal government erred by not including captive animals when they listed the whales as endangered in 2005. (AP Photo)
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In this August 8, 1970, photo provided by Wallie Funk, members of a pod of orca whales are held captive in Penn Cove, in the waters off Whidbey Island, Wash. Seven of the dozens of whales captured, including Lolita, who has been performing stunts for Miami Seaquarium for the past four decades, were sold to marine parks around the world. Five whales drowned during the capture. Celebrities, documentary artists, even the former Washington state governor over the years have sought to free Lolita. Activists are now turning to the courts: three residents, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and PETA are suing the federal government in US district court in Seattle, saying the federal government erred by not including captive animals when they listed the whales as endangered in 2005. (AP Photo)

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