Action Alerts

i Oct 25th by

Tell Maine: Stop Pseudo-sanctuary For Solitary Elephant, Rosie
Despite pleas from Maine citizens, experts from around the world, and actor Lily Tomlin, a veterinarian is moving forward with his plan to bring a lone elephant named Rosie to live in a backyard “sanctuary” that is a anything but a refuge for this elephant. But some hurdles remain that can stop this misguided plan.
Veterinarian Jim Laurita, a long-time friend to circuses, still has to secure permits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to keep and exhibit Rosie. While he claims to want to help her – she suffers severe arthritis – veterinarians experienced in working with elephants state that the therapies he would provide cannot overcome the ill effects of keeping Rosie confined indoors to a tiny pen for at least five months out of the year due to cold weather and snow.


Send a message to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Help IDA assure that Dr. Laurita does not receive the permits that would allow him acquire Rosie for his backyard (literally!) pseudo-sanctuary.

Sign an online petition:

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Chandler E. Woodcock, Commissioner
41 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0041
phone (207) 287-8000
fax (207) 287-8094 or (207) 287-6395

Please go to the link below to ask Obama to crack down on puppy mills:!/petition/crack-down-puppy-mills/B9W46NCH

Support Lolita’s Retirement from Captivity
Lolita is a 42 year old captive killer whale (orca) living at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida.
Since her brutal capture in 1970, she has been kept in a tank that is illegal by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) standards for size requirements.
Lolita is approximately 21 feet long and 7,000 pounds. Her tank is 20 feet deep at the deepest point and a mere 12 feet deep around the edges. The pool is only 35 feet wide. The Miami Seaquarium is considered to be one of the most dilapidated aquatic parks in the world. It is in need of major repairs, and per the Marine Mammal Inventory Report, has a substantial death rate for their animals.

USDA APHIS Animal Care:
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
Ph: 301-734-7833 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-734-7833 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: 301-734-4978

USDA APHIS Policy and Program:
Office of deputy administrator: 301-734-5136

Animal Welfare Information Center:
10301 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
Ph: 301-504-6212
Fax: 301-504-7125

National Marine Fisheries Services:
NOAA Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Steve Meyers ext. 174
Brian Hooker ext. 173

1401 Constitution Ave, NW
Room 6217
Washington, DC 20230
Ph: 202-482-6090
Fax: 202-482-3154

Mayor of Miami:
Mayor Tomas P. Regalado
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Office: 305-250-5300
Fax: 305-854-4001

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs
Robert Villar:
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st St, 29th floor
Miami, FL 33128

Governor of Florida
Rick Scott:
Office of the Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Ph: (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801

USDA: APHIS is run under the USDA. Tell the USDA to make APHIS enforce it’s own laws on space requirements of Lolita’s tank.
Secretary Ed Schafer:
Room 200-A Whitten Building
14th and Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20250
Ph: 202-720-2791
Fax: 202-720-2166

Cindy Smith:
Acting Administrator APHIS
4700 River Road, Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234

Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce:
88 West Mcintyre Street 100
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Ph: 305-361-5207

Florida Senator Bill Nelson
United States Senate
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Ph: 202-224-5274

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Ph: 305-361-5705

Arthur Hertz (owner of Seaquarium)
610 Fluvia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Ph: 305-448-8525

Wometco Enterprises Inc. (Aurthur Hertz’ company that includes the Seaquarium)
3195 Ponce Deleon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
P.O. Box 141609
Ph: 305-529-1400
Fax: 305-529-1466

Donna Darm
Assistant Regional Administrator
Protected Resources Division
Nation Marine Fisheries Service
525 NE Oregon Street, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97232
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115

Carnival Cruises: Carnival Cruises proudly supports the Seaquarium and offers it as an excursion when it is in port. Tell them you will not support them until they stop supporting the Miami Seaquarium.
Mickey Arison (CEO)
3655 NW 87th Ave.
Miami, Florida 33178
Ph: 305-599-2600
Fax: 305-406-4700