Ian W. McGee    

Aerial video recorded from drone provides heartbreaking 1 minute glimpse of Lolita's ILLEGAL tank where she has been kept 45 years!!

16,425 Days A Slave!

Palace Entertainment, a California-based amusement park company, affiliated with 51 theme parks worldwide, now owns the lone Orca "Lolita" from the Miami Seaquarium (MSQ). This is an OPPORTUNITY to ask that "Lolita" be released back into the waters of her birth– a request that has been repeatedly denied by MSQ's current owners.

Lolita has suffered in the same barren tank at the Miami Seaquarium for 45 years. She lives a solitary life, performing in depressing daily shows for tourists. Her tank is the smallest for an Orca in North America, and despite being in violation of the Animal Welfare Act, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has yet to acknowledge these glaring discrepancies.

Lolita was captured from the waters of Washington State where her mother "Ocean Sun" and extended family (L-Pod) still live. L-Pod is a resident group of orcas which researchers have sighted regularly over many decades. The key factor standing between reunion of Lolita with her pod has been refusal by the Miami Seaquarium owners to allow for her retirement. Marine mammal experts have proposed a sound retirement plan in which Lolita would be transferred to a coastal sea pen, and, once she re-learns the skills necessary for survival, rejoin her family in the wild. Even if it is determined that Lolita is unable to recover from the years spent alone in a tank, she deserves to live as natural a life as possible.

At the Miami-Dade County Commission hearing, commissioners expressed concerns about the orca Lolita!

• Commissioner Xavier Suarez asked, "is there something that can be contemplated [to help Lolita]?"

• Commissioner Barbara Jordan asked, "Is there a retirement program for whales?"

You Can Help Lolita!


ADDITIONAL RESOURCE LINKS:

What SeaWorld’s Sinking Stock Really Means (May 5, 2015)

http://time.com/money/3847251/seaworld-stock/

Orca Network info, retirement plan for Lolita, including 3 essential points to make:

http://www.orcanetwork.org/Main/index.php?categories_file=Retirement

AWI Poll Shows Big Jump in Percentage of Americans Opposed to Keeping Orcas Captive for Public Display

http://www.awionline.org/content/poll-shows-big-jump-percentage-americans-opposed-keeping-orcas-captive-public-display

"...Places Around the World That Ban Orca Captivity"

http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/04/10/all-states-countries-and-cities-ban-orcas-captivity

Congress Passes Amendment Directing USDA to Update Rules Protecting Captive Orcas and Other Marine Mammals

http://schiff.house.gov/press-releases/reps-schiff-and-huffman-pass-amendment-directing-usda-to-update-rules-protecting-captive-orcas-and-other-marine-mammals/


VIDEOS & PETITIONS to POST WIDELY:

"Lolita Slave to Entertainment" documentary (58:20 min.)

Recent (8:25 min.) video of Dr. Ingrid Natasha Visser's visit to see Lolita

http://www.orcanetwork.org/Main/index.php?categories_file=Lolita

Women's Free Lolita Tee, Slate

25% of the purchase of this shirt will be donated directly to The Orca Network supporting their Free Lolita campaign.

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