Retire the oldest captive Killer Whale, Lolita!
  • Petitioned Arthur Hertz, CEO of the Miami Seaquarium

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Arthur Hertz, CEO of the Miami Seaquarium

Retire the oldest captive Killer Whale, Lolita!

    1. Petition by

      Abbey Johnson

      Midland, GA

Lolita is the worlds oldest Killer Whale in captivity, who was captured off of the caosts of Washington, and shipped to the Miami Seaquarium to become a slave to entertainment in the world's smallest killer whale tank.
By law, her tank is illegal in size and depth, but nothing has been done about this in years. The Seaquarium promised the building of a new lager tank, but instead spent the money on the new swim-with-dolphins facility, while Lolita lives in a deteriorating "whale puddle."
She has been performing the same stupid and unnatural tricks in exchange for being fed, all in the name of "research and education." It has been proven that we no longer have anything to learn from orcas in captivity, because they do not demonstrate wild behaviors.
Lolita also lives by herself, without another companion of her own species. This is a true tragedy because orcas are such delicate and social creatures; they thrive on interaction with others.
Lolita can be released because we have current information about the pod in which she was stolen from so many years ago, and funds have been raised to build her a sea pen and rehabilitate her to be introduced back into the wild. The only thing holding Lolita back is the Seaquarium, and they don't want to release her because she is their star attraction, and they would lose money without her.

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    • Diane Harkins VANCOUVER, WA
      • 2 months ago

      Her Pod is still active and she is still able to communicate with them..She needs to be with her family

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    • Anamaria Siljic AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 3 months ago

      It's ridiculous how people have human right's to ensure this doesn't happen to them, but it's ok to take an Orca away from its pod and home, we know that slavery was and is unacceptable, why is it still happening? Human's act as if the Orca's are visitors on our planet earth and we ave authority over them, but the truth is we are on there territory. I am ashamed to be called human when i see things like this. If Lolita was human this would not be happening.. in this century anyway. I am a 15 year old girl and it is horrific to think that I have better set moral's than the adults involved with sea world. Disgusted, I wish I could do more to help these beautiful creatures of God.

      Thank you PETA and change. org you are making an amazing difference.

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    • Kristabelle Arumugam KINGSGROVE, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      They should be free not captured. How about we take your children and make them prisoner. Same thing. These animals ARE NOT for entertainment.

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    • Katie Strome GAINESVILLE, UNITED STATES
      • 3 months ago

      Why are humans so inhumane! Let her live out her last years to swim in ocean waters and be free!!

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    • Katie Strome GAINESVILLE, UNITED STATES
      • 3 months ago

      She is a beautiful special girl and should never have to live they way she has lived!! Free her now!

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