#FreeLolita the Lone Orca Stuck in Tank for 45 Years – Social Media Alert

Target: Andrew Hertz, General Manager of Miami Seaquarium

Goal: Free Lolita, the orca who has been held captive for 45 years and alone for 35 years.

Campaign update:

Our movement to free Lolita, the orca trapped in a tiny tank at Miami Seaquarium for 45 years, has taken off with thousands of supporters! Now we need your help to turn up the heat and force the Miami Seaquarium to FREE LOLITA.

Let’s bring our message directly to Miami Seaquarium, the institution that is holding Lolita prisoner by posting the following message on Facebook:

Orcas don’t belong in captivity. Lolita has suffered for 45 years @MiamiSeaquarium in her tiny tank. Please send her to a seaside sanctuary. I stand with thousands of activists who have signed this petition calling to #FreeLolita https://forcechange.com/155049/free-lone-orca-stuck-in-tank-for-45-years/

And on Twitter:

Lolita the orca has suffered 45 years @MiamiSeaquarium. Please send her to a seaside sanctuary. #FreeLolita https://forcechange.com/155049/free-lone-orca-stuck-in-tank-for-45-years/

Lolita the orca has been held captive since 1970 and has been alone since her only companion died in 1980. On top of all this, Lolita is the captive orca with the smallest tank in the entire U.S. It is preposterous for Miami Seaquarium, the institution that is holding her prisoner, to say it cares about education, conservation, and the appreciation of all marine species when it is not showing the slightest sign of respect for this creature.

After the exciting news that SeaWorld is ending its orca breeding program at all its locations, Miami Seaquarium was asked about its stance regarding its lone orca, Lolita. Miami Seaquarium announced that it will not be releasing Lolita and “will continue [its] commitment to education, conservation and the appreciation of all marine species.”

Sign this petition and demand Miami Seaquarium bring Lolita to a seaside sanctuary where she can happily live out the rest of her days among other orcas in a more natural environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Hertz and Miami Seaquarium,

More and more venues are deciding to end their entertainment shows that involve animals. Your organization is taking a step in the opposite direction. Miami Seaquarium has announced it will keep Lolita the orca in her tiny solitary confinement and continue her shows.

Miami Seaquarium states it will keep Lolita and the show because of its “commitment to education, conservation and the appreciation of all marine species.” Keeping a very social animal in solitary confinement for 35 years in the tiniest orca tank in the U.S. is not showing any appreciation of this creature.

Please practice what you preach and release Lolita to a seaside sanctuary where she can happily live out the rest of her days among other orcas in a more natural environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Belissarius


84 Comments

  1. Her mother is still alive…L Pod of the Southern Resident Orcas. Lolita is the last remaining survivor of the Penn Cove captures. How beautiful would it be to see her back with her family, in her native waters, where God intended.

  2. Get her into a larger tank or a sanctuary but do not release her. That would be fatal.

  3. harry redway says:

    please let her live in a sanctuary with contact to her family

  4. It’s called cruelty. A lone orca in a tank that’s inadequate, what sort of life is this? She must be freed to live the rest of her life with her companions.

  5. Ignorance and greedy for money reigns at this run down place. BOYCOTT until they let her leave!

  6. Held captive for 45 years and alone for 35 years!! Are you people barbarians or what? How would you like this done to you? If not, then let Lolita be released into the ocean where she was meant to be in the first place and NOT in your ‘jail’! Release her now!

  7. We do not want to see these these sad creatures trapped in a glass bowl for ignorant people to gawp at,and degraded when they are forced to perform silly tricks.

    These places now belong in the history books,not in the 21st century.

  8. Il est grand temps pour cette orque de retrouver la liberté !!!

  9. Karen Baker says:

    Signed

  10. Virginia Bottorff says:

    This is so sad. Hopefully, the accursed and evil people who imprisoned her for so long will FINALLY open up their closed minds and LET HER FREE!!

  11. please let her live in a sanctuary with contact to her family

  12. Free Lolita

  13. Orcas don’t belong in captivity. Lolita has suffered for 45 years @MiamiSeaquarium in her tiny tank. Please send her to a seaside sanctuary. I stand with thousands of activists who have signed this petition calling to #FreeLolita https://forcechange.com/155049/free-lone-orca-stuck-in-tank-for-45-years/

  14. carla verbeek says:

    Please release Lolita

  15. please set this animal free.

  16. set this animal free please

  17. I don’t believe in captivity.

  18. laura salva says:

    free Lolita

  19. agnes van galen says:

    FREE LOLITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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