Freeing Lolita & Sharks: The Latest Victims of COVID-19


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Fri, 10/23/2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Orca in small tank; woman petting shark


On our next program, host Michele Coppola brings you two stories you don’t want to miss. Sharks may have an (undeserved) bad reputation, but they are very much in danger: it’s estimated that as many as half a million of them will be slaughtered to make a vaccine for COVID-19. We’ll talk with Stefanie Brendl, Founder and Executive Director of Shark Allies about the effort to persuade pharmaceutical companies to use more sustainable alternatives.

We’ll also feature the heartbreaking story of Lolita, also known as Tokitae or Sk'aliCh'elh-tenautan orca who has been living in a small tank at the Miami Seaquarium for 50 years. We’ll speak with Michelle Bender, Ocean Rights Manager at the Earth Law Center about the ongoing efforts to free her to the Lummi Nation and her home waters in the Salish Sea near Bellingham, WA.

Click Here to get more information about shark use in vaccinations and other products, and how you can help create awareness about this issue at the Shark Allies webpage. Also, visit Shark Allies on Facebook.

For more information on the efforts to free Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut:


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