Demand Release of Lone Orca Imprisoned for Over Thirty Years


Target: Miami Seaquarium CEO Arthur Hertz

Goal: Demand release of Lolita, an orca imprisoned in unfit conditions for over forty years

Lolita is the lone female orca that continues to be imprisoned at Miami’s Seaquarium in Florida. Despite the availability of an appropriate ocean sanctuary, Seaquarium continues to imprison Lolita in solitude in the smallest orca tank in North America. Please ask Miami Seaquarium to give this tortured animal a happy ending and release her to the appropriate sanctuary.

Lolita was brutally stolen from her family in the ocean waters near Washington in 1970 and sold to Miami’s Seaquarium aquatic park. She lived with a fellow male orca until 1980 when he killed himself by slamming his head into the side of his tank, causing a massive brain aneurysm. Now over 30 years later, she continues to suffer in solitude and silence in an excruciatingly small tank that offers her no protection from the sun nor companionship of any kind. Her tank is so small it does not even meet the minimum guidelines set forth by the Animal Welfare Act, yet Lolita continues to suffer in what is essentially a bathtub for her. Orca’s in the wild typically swim about 100 miles per day with their family pods and live up to 80 years.

Forcing Lolita to continue a life of misery in Miami’s Seaquarium is inhumane and unacceptable. Please demand that Seaquarium release Lolita to an appropriate ocean sanctuary and give her back the life she deserves.


Dear Arthur Hertz,

As CEO of Miami’s Seaquarium, I am sure you are aware of the despicable conditions in which Lolita, the lone orca, has been imprisoned in for over 30 years at your Marine Park. Having been kidnapped from her family in 1970, she has remained in solitary confinement after Hugo, her tank mate, killed himself in 1980. Please give Lolita the life and retirement she so greatly deserves and allow her release to an appropriate ocean sanctuary.

Lolita, the killer whale, remains imprisoned at your Marine Park in a substandard tank that does not meet current minimum guidelines set forth by the Animal Welfare Act, forcing her to swim endlessly in circles in a tank the equivalent size of a bath tub for her. Years of deprivation have caused Lolita to display signs of severe emotional distress. She spins psychotic circles endlessly in her puddle of water, desperate for companionship and the chance to be a natural orca again.

Please consider the torturous life Lolita has been forced to live for over 30 years now. Never given the chance to be a natural orca, swimming 100 miles per day in her family pod as she was so meant to do, she has suffered long enough. Please release her to an appropriate ocean sanctuary immediately.


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Photo Credit: One Ocean Killer Whale Show via flickr

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    People need to vote unacting dumb authorities and officials acting irresponsibly for futuregenerations and their wildlife out of occupations NOW AND FOR ALL!


  2. Sandra Amici says:

    Release the beautiful Lolita the Orca and send her back to her home so that she can reproduce and save her species from extinction! Put her human captors in prison until they rot.

  3. please let her go!

  4. It’s sad that people would find Lolita imprisoned life as entertainment;( signed and shared!! One of the smartest creatures mother nature has ever created and yet people want to trap them and torture them instead of letting them live a beautiful life that was meant for them. Compassion is truly lost in this world! I really hope for the best for Lolita! I will share this and keep up with her future progress! We are all praying for her release from Washington state!

  5. Please do the right thing and release this poor tortured creature to a better environment. The fact that her companion committed suicide speaks volumes. Solitary confinement in what is comparable to a cupboard for us. Shame on you.

  6. Its a shame that idiots still have power over animals that can’t defend themselves.!! But we the people will fight for them. We need more compassionate. People to show that we can be heard and maybe one day all animals can be free and as for the idiot’s with power they will all rot in hell or die unexpectedly!!!!!!!!

  7. Elizabeth Conlan says:

    I signed the petition but maybe it might be too late to release her as she has been in captivity way too long. Would love to see her released with monitoring to keep check of her. Good luck, wishing the best for Lolita.

  8. This is despicable! We kidnape wild creatures and imprison them alone to do tricks for humans. That is cruel and unjust! Lolita needs to be set free in an ocean sanctuary asap! Imagine being forcibly taken from your family and the freedom of the ocean to exist in a tiny tank for decades! When will the abuse end? We humans need to learn to respect other species and stop mistreating them and removing them from their homes!!

  9. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  10. mark gillono says:

    “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

  11. renee jeanine ragno says:

    Lets treat all those involved in this to the same treatment. Isolation, lonliness and see how they like it.

    Seriously time to stop this behaviour. Swear the human race is the worse blight on this planet.

  12. Veronica-Mae says:


    I am the voice of the voiceless;
    Through me the dumb shall speak,
    Till the deaf world’s ear be made to hear
    The wrongs of the wordless weak

    From street, from cage and from kennel,
    From stable and zoo, the wail
    Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
    Of the mighty against the frail

    Oh, shame on the mothers of mortals,
    Who have not stooped to teach
    Of the sorrow that lies in dear, dumb eyes,
    The sorrow that has no speech.

    The same force formed the sparrow
    That fashioned man the king;
    The God of the whole gave a spark of soul
    To furred and to feathered thing.

    And I am my brother’s keeper,
    And I will fight his fight,
    And speak the word for beast and bird,
    Till the world shall set things right.

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  13. Catherine desjarlais says:

    This is evil.

  14. Enough of the torture and suffering. Give her BACK the life she DESERVES…

  15. I love you Lolita, we are all working to get you out of there. I am an Orca researcher and I will not rest until you are freed sweet girl –

  16. Mark Wheeler says:

    Mankind should cherish and live in harmony with all creatures as well as the Cosmos in general. He/she who does not is damned.


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