Real Housewives of Miami star Adriana De Moura has taken it all off for a new PETA ad campaign to bring attention to marine animal captivity.
The new ad focuses on Lolita, a killer whale that has been living in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970.
De Moura and PETA are hoping to get the animal freed and returned to her native Puget Sound, Washington area wiht the campaign.
The new ad features Adriana naked and in a bathtub with the question, “Could you live in a bathtub for 40 years?” — likening the experience to what Lolita is going through.
“Lolita has been stuck in a tiny tank at the Miami Sequarium since 1970, when she was torn away from her ocean family,” the ad reads. “She is a lone orca surrounded by concrete and chemically treated water, and the Sequarium refuses to release her to a coastal sanctuary. Help free her by taking action at PETA.org.”
De Moura is the first ever Brazilian to posed nude for one of PETA’s animal rights campaigns, and she says that in her native country marine animal captivity for entertainment is banned.
She also explained that taking it all off (except for some strategically placed tape) was difficult.
“Getting naked is not as easy as it sounds in front of everybody,” she told NBC Miami’s Latin Beat blog, “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.”
The Seaquarium also responded with a statement, saying, “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.
“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.”
Adriana isn’t the only Real Housewives star to shed it all for PETA, fellow RHOM star Joanna Krupa has gone nude for the organization several times, and The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel also posed naked.