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.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: One Ocean Killer Whale Show via flickr