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. Free Lolita!!! Side note this petition writer is so amazing <3

  2. Animals are not entertainment they are not belongings they do not belong to us we share this planet with them they are not here for us let animals live freely in their own natural habitat

  3. Renata+Kuchinsky says:

    Free Lolita from this prison

  4. Debra+Spurrier says:

    Miami Seaquarium has ALWAYS been an abusive and neglectful aquarium. It traumatized and horrified me as a young child seeing the animals–dolphins, a manatee, killer whales–in such small (and filthy in the case of the poor manatee) enclosures. And yet it has continued to operate as a torturous prison for so many individuals for decades–

  5. Teresa Ferreira-Pires says:

    This is beyond sad…
    50 years!!!????
    I hope that she can have a few more years living in a better place.

  6. So heartbreaking all animals are sentient beings they like us deserve love care and respect like we do they have families too brothers sisters mothers fathers all animals hearts should beat for as long as you want yours to beat please have a heart and save her heart and any others in captivity too 50 YRS OMG how cruel inhumane and abusive that is I felt 7 yrs as a prisoner in my own mind body and home and that near destroyed me as a human being until I could escape 50 yrs I feel so sick n sad for that poor defenceless beautiful amazing animal 💔💔

  7. FREE LOLITA FROM HER CRUEL TORTURE CAPITIVITY IMMEDIATE AND LET HER SWIM FREE FOR THE REDT OF HER LIFE IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!

  8. Everyone is outraged and so they should be but how many of you hand your money over to these places???? How many take the kids for a day out here instead of explaining why you will not take them!!!

  9. what’s wrong wth these disgusting people free the poor animal

  10. JUST EXACTLY HOW THE HELL MANY YEARS MUST THIS POOR CREATURE WHO IS SUPPOSED TO F R E E AND HAVE TO LIVE AT THIS DAMN SICKENING PLACE SO THAT THE CEO BASTARD KEEPS MAKING MONEY OFF HER CAPITIVITY??? I AM NOT A BLEEDING HEART TO BE KIND TO SUCH PRICKS AS FERNANDO!! MAY YOU SUFFER TREMENDOUSLY IN THE REMAINDER OF YOUR LOUSY DISGUSTING LIFE!! AND YES, MAY YOU BURN IN HELL FOR BRINGING SUFFERING TO THIS ORCA. YOU ARE A 1ST CLASS ASSHOLE.

    • MARY+C+SEDILLO says:

      WELL SAID AND WRITTEN! I AGREE WITH YOU ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. BUT WHEN THEY SUFFER FOR THEIR INHUMANE TREATMENTS OF THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, MAY IT BE SLOWLY. VERY SLOWLY AND VERY PAINFULLY. MOTHER FUCKERS.

  11. Richard Hofman says:

    This is a national shame and tragedy at once that nobody has the power to free all the imprisoned wild animals in the country!
    The nation of the USA is completely selfish and schizophrenic once wanting freedom just for humans alongside leaving their imprisoned animals as stones at the road!

  12. Fernando Eiroa Is a lowlife SCUMAG for doing this for blood money. This scumbag needs to go!!! Lolita needs to be saved abs released for sanctuary before she dies for scumbag Fernando Eiroa.

  13. Michelle Stewart says:

    Aquariums that have animals performing tricks must be shut down and all the animals go to sanctuaries. Being held captive in tiny tanks is cruel, barbaric, and inhumane. Make all of those places illegal all over the world

    • I agree and that’s what my Twitter post says almost exactly. Lolita has been surviving not living in this horrible tank for 50 years. I can’t imagine what her life has been like. She deserves to be able to actually live her remaining years in a sanctuary. She should be provided shade and the proper amount of food and never have to preform a damn trick again. Animals are not here for our entertainment.

  14. Torturing animals is not entertainment

  15. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    50 YEARS IN CAPTIVITY? This is a CRIME AGAINST NATURE. PLEASE LET LOLITA OUT OF THERE SO SHE CAN LIVE OUT WHAT LIFE SHE HAS LEFT IN SANCTUARY!!!

  16. Ronald Tounian says:

    so called “humans” need to switch places with animals in order to grasp the real meaning of Cruelty, Captivity, torture………on and on. “humans” are having so much fun and fortune torturing and killing animals that they will NEVER stop doing it otherwise.

  17. This poor fellow creature has been in this fish bowl for longer than a lot of us have been on this earth – living our lives, most of us freely making our own decisions,going places,being with and seeing other humans … who are we to decide that she is not allowed to do this too?

  18. It’s all about money and greed. Only when we get the money flow stopped will it change.

  19. Teresa Hewett-Hicks says:

    It is time to make CLEAR TO THIS ABISMALY CRUEL INDUSTRY that the INCARCERATION and EXPLOITATION of INNOCENT SENTIENT BEINGS FOR THE DURATION OF THEIR LIVES, FOR EASY PROFIT, IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THE DECENT, COMPASSIONATE, MORAL humans, who ACTUALLY HAVE RESPECT FOR THEIR FELLOW SENTIENT BEINGS, human and/or Non-human! The authorities need to STOP PROCRASTING and dragging their heels with regard to the RIGHT TO FREEDOM FOR LOLITA and other VICTIMS of this HENIOUS INDUSTRY. Or perhaps they are waiting for her to END her MISERABLE existence in the same prison she has been FORCED to ENDURE FOR 5 DECADES!
    Perhaps THOSE RESPONSIBLE, WHO ARE SO WELL VERSED IN FORCING LOLITA and Other unfortunate VICTIMS to perform UNDIGNIFIED “tricks” to callous audiences, should perform themselves, or try living in what would be the equivalent to a wardrobe space for 50 years, deprived of all natural rights or family?! Then tell us if they think this treatment is MORAL or HUMANE? THEY NEED TO FIND A PROPER OCCUPATION AND STOP THRIVING ON AND PROFITING FROM, THE MISERY OF OTHER SENTIENT BEINGS DEPRIVATION!!!

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