Following a years-long PETA campaign against the Miami Seaquarium, including lawsuits, celebrity ads, letters to county officials, and lively rallies at the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office and elsewhere—along with a decade of weekly protests by local activists—the county has finally announced that it’s moving to revoke the facility’s lease, marking the beginning of the end for this animal prison. Please help bring about a swift closure by contacting the Miami-Dade County mayor and county commissioners.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the infamous Miami Seaquarium a Notice of Intent to Confiscate four animals, marking the first time in 30 years that the agency has taken measures toward confiscating marine mammals, before then accepting the Miami Seaquarium’s belated corrective action plan. This followed a damning federal inspection report in which the abusement park received 13 citations, including for not providing appropriate veterinary care to dolphins who were showing signs of gastric distress (and were suspected to have ulcers and had possibly ingested foreign bodies) as well as for not having an appropriate enrichment plan for a pair of macaws who had extensively plucked each other’s feathers out and a lone parrot who had self-plucked, likely due to psychological distress. As owner and lessor of the land, Miami-Dade County has a responsibility to help the surviving animals by moving quickly to shut the facility down.
In their natural homes, dolphins swim up to 60 miles a day, dive as deep as 3,000 feet, and maintain dynamic relationships. Holding them in tiny tanks and forcing them to perform are manifestations of speciesism—a human-supremacist worldview—which must end. While plans to move the orca Lolita to a seaside sanctuary came too late, it’s not too late for the surviving animals still suffering at the park.
Please send a polite e-mail to Mayor Daniella Levine Cava at [email protected] to thank her for taking this important step and ask her to make sure the Miami Seaquarium is shut down immediately.
Then, please urge the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners to join the mayor in quickly taking the necessary steps to shut down this abusive facility, where Lolita and so many other miserable animals have suffered and died.