DelBene Welcomes News that Long-Captive PNW Orca Being Freed
Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement on the announcement that Tokitae, the world’s oldest captive orca that was ripped from her family in the Salish Sea, will be freed from the Miami Seaquarium.
“The Puget Sound never gave up on a better future for Tokitae and we all celebrate the news that she is being released from the Miami Seaquarium after more than 50 years of captivity. Given repeated concerns around Tokitae's health and the unacceptable enclosure she is currently held in, I will continue pushing for answers from the federal government into how a protected endangered animal’s condition became so dire. I want to especially thank all the activists and volunteer veterinarians who raised the alarm about Tokitae’s condition and everyone who contributed to today’s promising announcement.”