Save Orca From Torturous 35-Foot Pool


Target: Miami Seaquarium CEO Arthur Hertz

Goal: Save a captive orca from daily abuse and torture

The killer whale known as Lolita was captured off the coast of Washington state in 1970. Lolita has been held in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium, a for-profit oceanarium in southern Florida ever since. The conditions in which she has been forced to spend nearly 45 years can only be described as torture.

Lolita’s enclosure measures only 35 feet wide, which is 13 feet smaller than the bare minimum standard set by the U.S. Animal Welfare Act for an animal of Lolita’s size. In addition, the tank offers no protection from the sun or other elements, nor is there a backstage area. Lolita is forced to live every moment of her life in the shallow, exposed waters of her tiny enclosure, made to perform tricks for human amusement.

Lolita has been alone in this tank since 1980 when her mate, Hugo, died of a brain aneurysm believed to have been caused by his habit of deliberately slamming his head against the wall of the tank. To spend 45 years captive in a tiny enclosure is bad enough, but to be alone for the bulk of this time is truly torturous.

Legal attempts to liberate Lolita have proven unsuccessful thus far. Despite clear violations of the Animal Welfare Act, Lolita remains imprisoned. Activists continue to advocate for Lolita’s transfer to a sea pen in the San Juan Islands, but in the meantime if Miami Seaquarium wants to continue holding Lolita captive, they should be held responsible for at least providing her with the minimum legal standards of living.

Tell Miami Seaquarium that the conditions in which Lolita has been forced to live are unconscionable and unacceptable.


Dear Mr. Hertz,

For nearly 45 years, Lolita the orca has been held in captivity at your park. The tank Lolita occupies is only 35 feet wide, which is considerably smaller than the minimum humane guidelines set by the U.S. Animal Welfare Act, and the enclosure also affords her no protection from the sun or other elements. As if these living conditions were not already difficult to bear, the solitude Lolita faces is heartbreaking–she has faced the last 35 years of confinement alone following the death of her mate, Hugo, in 1980.

Despite attempts by numerous groups to return Lolita to open waters, she remains captive in her tiny enclosure, forced to perform twice daily for the amusement of park attendees. So long as you remain intent in keeping Lolita captive, it is your responsibility to provide her with at least the minimum legal standards of living.

Please release Lolita from these torturous conditions.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit:  Piotr Domaradzki via Wikipedia

Sign the Petition

  • Only your name will be displayed. By signing, you accept our terms and may receive updates on this and related causes.
FacebookCare2 NewsTwitterEmailShare


  1. What gets to me is seeing the idiots paying to watch these shows. Their brains are under developed. They have no empathy for these creatures (as well as dolphins found in these places and other captive or exploited animals) suffering. They are selfish narcissists.

  2. Parents REALLY need to stop taking their KIDS to these shows. That is ONLY REASON they continue torturing these Intelligent, Beautiful animals.

    They AREN’T fish, they have brains that are huge for animals. Pls stop this NOW!!!

    A human in 9 foot Prison cell, has more room to move than these massive mammals in TINY Pools. They swim 100s of MILES/Kilometers each DAY.

  3. These animals belong in the wild!!!

  4. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  5. Marie Boyle says:

    give animals the maximum amount of living conditions. give this orca the room like one would give a dog. lots of space to run or swim. if they aren’t given the best conditions, one shouldn’t have the animals at all. give them shade, a personal corner. the tricks themselves aren’t torture. its combining unlivable conditions and being expected to obey and follow their “caretakers” that is torture and downright unfair and silly. People go to be able to see nature’s wonders without being able to afford cruises or trips. When one goes to these, the first thought is that they are being taken absolute care of with love and care and best living conditions. Why shouldn’t it? why should it be doubted? the fact that they aren’t is disappointing, ridiculous and horrible. that is why im signing. I support animal welfare, not animal rights. there is a difference. both have their hearts in the right place. both want the best for animals.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Facebook Comments


28710 Signatures

  • Jessica Claudio
  • Lara Post
  • claudia suarez
  • Janet Delaney
  • Gertie Hunt
  • Francesca Toppino
  • Erica Koch
  • Michèle Thouraille
  • p l
  • Sylvianne Diquélou
1 of 2871123...2871
Skip to toolbar