• Animal Care

    Federal Regulators Must Enforce Animal Welfare Law to Protect Toki

    Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is urging the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of Agriculture to initiate enforcement actions against Miami Seaquarium (MSQ) for failing to protect the health and welfare of its animals, particularly Toki (also known as Tokitae, Lolita, and Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut), the world’s oldest captive orca. Toki has been languishing in the world’s smallest orca tank for half a century. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for administering the Animal Welfare Act through regulations specific to marine mammals such as Toki. The Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for…