"Real Housewives of Miami" star Adriana De Moura posed naked Monday in support of Lolita, an orca who has been at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970. De Moura and Lindsay Rajt of PETA spoke about Lolita.
"Real Housewives of Miami" star Adriana De Moura posed naked Monday in support of Lolita, an orca who has been at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970.
De Moura posed in a bathtub for an ad on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
"For me the way she's been incarcerated for all these years is just wrong on so many levels," De Moura said.
The ad will ask, “Could you live in a tub for 40 years?”
Miami Seaquarium said in an email statement: "PETA’s latest “celebrity in the nude” photo is simply the latest attempt by this organization to generate free publicity and media attention. These sensational and exploitive publicity stunts do nothing to further the cause for animal welfare."
De Moura teamed up with PETA in order to have Lolita released and returned her native home in the Puget Sound after four decades of performing.
"How would you feel if your child was taken away from you captured and used for entertainment?" she said. " "With no companionship of her own species no protection from the sun and nothing to do but perform the same meaningless tricks over and over and over again."
She says in her home country of Brazil the captivity of marine animals for entertainment is banned, and she hopes to do that here.
"Getting naked is not as easy as it sounds in front of everybody, but again I believe its for a good cause so if my nakedness can bring awareness to this appalling situation then I'm still in it literally in hot water," she said.
But the Miami Seaquarium said Lolita is healthy and active.
"Moving Lolita in any way, whether to a new pool, a sea pen or to the open waters of the Pacific Northwest, would be an experiment. And it is a risk with her life that we are not willing to take. There is no scientific evidence that the 48 year-old post-reproductive Lolita could survive if she was returned to the ocean," the Seaquarium said in a statement. "It would be irresponsible, reckless, and cruel to treat her life as an experiment and jeopardize her health and safety in order to appease a group of activists. These individuals will never be satisfied with the care she receives."