14 September 2010

Daniel Azarian's 'Save Lolita the Orca' PSA to screen at film festival


This month is a sad anniversary for Lolita, a killer whale housed at the Miami Seaquarium. Forty years ago she was violently separated from her family in Puget Sound, WA and transferred to a tank only 20 foot deep. At only four times her size at its widest point, the tank appears to be illegally small under Department of Agriculture regulations.

Many are calling for Lolita to be retired to a coastal sanctuary, and Underdog Entertainment (a New York based production company), has announced that "Save Lolita" will be screened at the opening night reception of the Hamptons Conservation and Wildlife Film Festival.

The public service announcement (PSA) hopes to raise awareness of Lolita's plight, and its director Daniel Azarian will will speak at the reception along with third generation ocean explorer and film maker Fabien Cousteau.

"Research clearly shows that orcas are sentient, emotional and highly intelligent beings, who are aware of their surroundings. To see such a beautiful 22-foot creature in a tiny 35-foot-wide tank seems inhumane. I felt compelled to do something," explains Azarian.

The Hamptons Conservation and Wildlife Film Festival features some of the finest international conservation, natural history and wildlife films. This world wide traveling event (showcasing 50 films from 20 countries) runs from September 24 - 26 at the Bay street Theater in Sag Harbor, and the Lolita PSA will be shown during the Friday evening reception.

For festival/ reception tickets contact the Bay Street Theater directly at 631-725-9500 or visit www.WildlifeFilmFestivals.com for more information. A portion of the reception proceeds will go toward Fabien Cousteau's non-profit organization Plant a Fish.

For more information on Lolita and her proposed retirement plan, please visit www.savelolita.org.

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Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: savelolita.org

3 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful, compelling view of Lolita's plight as a captive performer. A plan has been developed to relocate her to a retirement home in the waters she was born and raised in, along San Juan Island. The proposal is available at: http://www.orcanetwork.org/captivity/2007proposaldraft.html.

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  2. Is clear that this guy is only looking for notoriety , if Johnny depp and Raul Julia Levy didn't do anything what makes you think this guy who's nobody is !!!!!!!!!

    karla

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  3. So, let me get this straight, Karla - Rosa Parks, the "nobody" ordered to give up her seat on the bus to make room for a white passenger, should have just done what she was told...

    She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and collaborated with Angela Bassett on a TV movie of her life. But I guess she was just "looking for notoriety."

    Coragirl

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