Free Lolita the Orca Whale!
Imagine being violently ripped away from your family at four years old and being sold into a life of captivity for another species’ entertainment. Imagine also witnessing five of your family members drowning during the struggle, and a companion committing suicide to escape the dreadful conditions in which you both lived. That is the life story of Lolita, the oldest orca in captivity.
Lolita was captured from her home near the Puget Sound in Washington and has been on display in marine parks for the past 45 years. She is currently on display at the Miami Seaquarium, owned by Palace Entertainment, an amusement park company based in California that operates 51 theme parks around the world. She has lived in the same 60 by 80 foot tank, the smallest tank size for any orca in North America, for the entire duration of her captivity. Since the suicide of Hugo, the orca who briefly shared Lolita’s tank, Lolita has been alone for the majority of this time. Despite these conditions being in direct violation of the Animal Welfare Act, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services have failed to recognize these issues or take action.