Free Lolita the Orca From Torturous Captivity

Target: Fernando Eiroa, CEO of Miami Seaquarium

Goal: Move Lolita the orca out of a seemingly abusive and neglectful aquarium.

Lolita the orca is approximately 20 feet long, yet she has lived in an enclosure that is too small for 50 years. It is the smallest and oldest enclosure for her kind and the tank may not meet the minimum horizontal dimension as outlined in the federal Animal Welfare Act. It is completely inhumane to keep an animal that swims up to 100 miles in one day in such a cramped area for so many years. A dolphin named Catalina lived in the enclosure with Lolita and that reportedly resulted in her death, as a killer whale and a dolphin should not be in the same living space.

Lolita’s meal rations were allegedly diminished, resulting in her being more one edge as usual. She apparently developed lesions on her eyes which can result from performing under the sun with little to no shade. She has also reportedly been forced to perform headfirst jumps while having an injured jaw. The United States Department of Agriculture is investigating amid the deaths and the apparently unsafe infrastructure at the aquarium. PETA has an ongoing lawsuit against the aquarium to hopefully free Lolita.

Sign below and demand that Lolita be moved to an environment where she can thrive.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Fernando Eiroa,

The Miami Seaquarium needs to be held responsible for the apparent inhumane conditions Lolita has been facing. The enclosure she has been in is reportedly unacceptable for an orca or any animal. Lolita deserves the right meal rations, a safe place to live and swim, and the right treatment when she is injured. Lolita should not be performing when she is injured or under the sun with no shade, seemingly resulting in even more injuries. Lolita deserves to be moved to a place where she will be treated correctly.

Please give Lolita her freedom after so many years of seemingly being treated inhumanely. Treat all your animals with the respect and correct care that they deserve and are meant to have.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gregory Smith


46 Comments

  1. Fernando – you know that Lolita belongs in the ocean. You have the power to free her and this Petition is asking you to do just that! The Animal Kingdom has just as much a right as we do to live their lives in peace, free from torture and murder at the hands of humans. Please set Lolita free! Please!

  2. Lolita has paid her dues…let her go!!!

  3. These majestic, sentient creatures suffer in the wild so brutally at the hands of humans. They deserve so much more than to be held in captivity, deprived of their freedom, living in these conditions. Please free Lolita into a sanctuary where she can live the rest of her life with dignity and with caregivers dedicated to providing her with the best care possible.

  4. FREE LOLITA, She has served her time, she wants to be Free!!!

  5. Julia Edinger says:

    I AGREE WITH Joy
    “These majestic, sentient creatures suffer in the wild so brutally at the hands of humans. They deserve so much more than to be held in captivity, deprived of their freedom, living in these conditions. Please free Lolita into a sanctuary where she can live the rest of her life with dignity and with caregivers dedicated to providing her with the best care possible.”

  6. The cruel inhumane captivity of this whale has stolen her whole life…she must be released so she can enjoy living the life she was meant to live. All those who have done nothing to ease her lonely painful situation need to pay extremely high fines and be imprisoned for the rest of their sorry lives…IN MY OPINIONO

  7. Jaime+Perez says:

    This is madness, poor Lolita has suffered long enough. She needs to be free to live out the rest of her life in peace and safety. Why are humans so cruel to the innocent?!

  8. Carol Scott says:

    This torture needs to stop. We should be civilized enough to find ways to entertain ourselves that don’t harm other creatures.

  9. Agree all comments

  10. Susan Lister says:

    Whilst Lolita could not survive on her own in the open ocean after being captive for so long, she deserves the proper care and attention. What are other
    sealife organisations doing if they can’t offer her a better home?
    To do nothing is to condone this treatment. What are the government of that country doing to let this be legal? Impose some sort of sanctions until the law that allows this is changed

  11. Orcas are NOT BORN TO LIVE A HORRIFIC LIFE IN CAPTIVITY. Orcas are BORN IN OCEANS and it’s there they PERMANENTLY BELONG!!!
    Only DESENSITIZED, DEHUMANIZED, SADISTIC and PSYCHOPATHIC HUMANS can enjoy seeing orcas in UNNATURAL SURROUNDINGS that are totally DESTRUCTIVE for BOTH their BODIES and PSYCHE!
    Orcas have the social structures of wild cetaceans, the intense emotional bonds they form with one another, and the depression they may endure when a loved one dies. These facts, combined with the shortened lifespans frequently endured by those in captivity, paints a tragic picture of the suffering orcas endure in captivity.
    SET LOLITA FREE from LIFE in HELL!!!!!

  12. The Miami Sequarium has become a Miami Seaprison and torture chamber for Lolita.

    No justification exists for this horrendous improvement.

    Time now to free her.

  13. Deborah Binns says:

    Set Lolita free

  14. Maria Bertrand says:

    50 YEARS – I think Lolita has given enough! She has suffered enough for the greed of man. She should be sent to a sanctuary where she can live the rest of her life better than her last 50 years. SHE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN LOCKED UP IN CAPTIVITY. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT SHOULD PAY!!!!!

    FREE HER NOW! if you have any semblance of compassion!

  15. transformation6891Janey says:

    Poor little gal 50 years of cruelty so man can make money and they don’t even respectfully look after you… your retirement is overdue Please Free Lolita NOW to a sanctuary caring aquarium environment PLEASE

  16. Kathleen conroy says:

    She has been captive long enough.Please let her go

  17. Nena Miller says:

    I cannot believe that this sea creature is STILL being held captive. For God’s sake let her go

  18. Christina Anderson says:

    What will it take for greed- motivated narcissists to finally free this magnificent, but suffering captive? Shame on those who still imprison her and shame on those who pay money to see her. Prison on slim rations and being forced to “entertain ” their guards would be appropriate punishment for the greedy pieces of human excrement who continue to contribute to her misery.

  19. American Girl says:

    Free her NOW! I worked at the seaquarium many years ago. They dont care about anything except profit & it’s been going on for far too long! Maybe a forensic accounting should be ordered. I hope PETA shuts them down!

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