Freedom for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut. SIGN THE PETITION.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020. New York City – Orca Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Lolita) has been in prison for 50 years. Zoos and aquariums are prisons for animals. Boycott aquariums and zoos.

Click the link to SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/miami-seaquarium-free-endangered-orca-held-captive-at-miami-seaquarium-for-50-years

Earth Law Center says, “Join us by calling on the Miami Seaquarium to free the orca Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut and release her back to her family in the Salish Sea after 50 years of captivity! The Miami Seaquarium and its owners must recognize the Indigenous rights of her Lummi relatives and Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut’s inherent rights to be with her family in her native ecosystem. The Lummi people are the original inhabitants of Washington state’s northern coastal region and view the Southern Resident Orcas as family members whose history, experiences, and fate are beautifully interconnected with their own.

We are assembling a legal team of leading experts in animal and Indigenous rights who are working hard on legal strategies that will hopefully result in Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut being returned to her home and relatives in the Salish Sea. 

THE STORY OF SK’ALICH’ELH-TENAUT: ONE OF THE LAST REMAINING CAPTIVE ORCA IN THE U.S.

In August of 1970, several young Southern Resident Orcas (also known as Southern Resident Killer Whales) were violently stolen from their homes and families in the Salish Sea off the coast of Seattle, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and sold to aquariums and theme parks around the world. 

Today, only one of those captive orcas is still alive, having been imprisoned for the past 50 years confined in a painfully small tank at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami, Florida, where she is the star attraction and forced to perform daily. 

Her stage name is Lolita, but her trainers and activists have always called her Tokitae. Last year, the Lummi Nation gave her the Lummi name “Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut,” which means that she is a member of Sk’aliCh’elh, the resident family of orcas who call the Salish Sea home. The Lummi term for “orca” is “qwe’lhol’mechen,” which means “our relatives under the water.” The Lummi and their qwe’lhol’mechen have lived in community with one another since time immemorial.”

Click the link to read more and to SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/miami-seaquarium-free-endangered-orca-held-captive-at-miami-seaquarium-for-50-years

I am Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Lolita). I want to go home! I am at the Miami Seaquarium. Please, do not buy a ticket to the Miami Seaquarium (my prison) in Florida.

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