Free Lolita! Put An End To All Dolphin & Orca Shows!

Some may have fond memories of a Shamu show, or the TV series “Flipper”, or Sea World.   What you may not know is the slaughter and horror behind such shows, the torture and agonizing that those “smiling” dolphins endure — some for hours, some for decades, before they’re allowed the peace of death.  The truth is that many more are killed than survive.  Lolita, for example, is the only surviving Orca (actually a large dolphin, not a whale) from her capture.  There in that cove, nearly 40 years ago, many orcas died in capturing her and a few others.  Her longest companion, Hugo, died several years ago.  Since then, Lolita has been by herself.  In all, she has been in captivity now, living in an illegal tank just 1 foot deeper than she is long, for 39 years.

“A life does not have to be human to be great.”

Orcas, like most all dolphins, naturally swim up to about 35 miles per hour.  This means they can easily cover a couple hundred miles a day.  For Lolita to do anything like that, she would have to swim SIX THOUSAND circles in her tiny pool  Measuring over 20′ long, the tank they keep her in is just barely 4 times her length.  Moreover, cetaceans “see” by echo-location.  She’s listening to the sound of her own echo-location bouncing off of these tiny walls 24/7… Mind-boggling, enough to drive any creature insane!  Now add all the shows, the maddening cauphony that she must endure… while eating carrion.  This incredibly intelligent, self-aware creature being kept captive in a tiny fish bowl for nearly 4 decades…

Lolita lives in a pool less than 2x her length

For the past 40 years, this little pool has been Lolita's World

If you’ve seen the Oscar winning film “The Cove” then you know that dolphin shows are a billion dollar a year industry.  Lolita has made the Miami Seaquarium many millions of dollars in profit.  It was never right to enslave her in the first place, but it’s certain that she has earned her retirement and a chance at freedom.  There are places available to her in her native Pacific Northwest, safeguarded large pens in the ocean’s waters where she can become re-acclimated and sing her songs to what remains of her family, be reunited with them again.  Even if it is never possible to reunite her with her original pod, she still deserves a chance to live, and even to die, free.

To keep such a creature in a little filthy tank like that is so terribly, horribly wrong that the evil of it should be self-evident.  But the law has said that she is property, chattle, even though she came from the ocean.  Even though it USED to be that they were held in public trust.  So now the only thing we can do is to protest.  To make it loud and clear that enslaving and causing this amazing creature to suffer so for so long…

If we know it’s not right to torture POWs, how can we call this any less inhuman?

Free Lolita

Landlocked in her prison, Lolita cannot come along.

When the show is over, and the crowd has had their moments with the “wild” “killer” whale that we humans have dominated and subdued, both the audience and staff leave her there, looking out after them, aching so badly for ANY social interaction…  They simply ignore her, as though she didn’t exist any more.

This social creature would normally spend her entire life in the company of her family. They leave here behind. Landlocked in that prison, she cannot come along, nor can she break free to find her true family. It’s just a foot deeper than she is tall, at it’s deepest point! How can this enslaving be justified?


WHAT CRIME HAS SHE DONE TO DESERVE THIS?
Lolita looks out at the employees, longing for interaction, but  the show is over, so they ignore her entirely.

The show over, they ignore her, as though she didn't exist.

The more you know about this industry, the more clear it becomes that we have a moral imperative to stop this.  There are several small groups intent upon gaining her freedom.  All of them agree that it is wrong to keep these creatures in captivity.  Please, add your links to this post via the comments section below.  Free Lolita!

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Comments

  1. Please please find it in your heart to call Miami Seaquarium at 305-361-5705 (then presss 6, then 2, then 1, for the Public Relations department) and ask them to “RETIRE LOLITA” ….let’s get this ball rolling to bring this death-filled industry to an end!

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE …for the animals!

  2. pamela day says:

    IF a 9 yr, old boy is smart enough to SEE & KNOW that this is WRONG……..(TREVOR YOU ARE AMAZING>>AND IT IS WRONG AND INHUMANE……..FREE LOLITA NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! FREE LOLITA.

  3. pamela day says:

    AGAIN THIS IS SOOOOOOOOOOO VERY SICK……..SET HER FREE!!!!!!!

  4. totally agree, its a disgrcae, how anyone can argue that keeping her in that pool alone i dont know! its cruel, and totally wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. They are so cruel!!!!!!!!!!!! Set them free!! Why are we keeping theses innocent orcas in “jail”?

  6. Connie B. says:

    I Have the same age with Lolita! Please send her free! This is so cruel!

  7. Jennifer Payne says:

    omg….I just dont understand for the life of me how these ppl who make all of this money cannot understand how horrible this is. I mean come on, Lolita would have to swim around this tank 6,000 times a day just to match what she would swim in the wild? What the hell?! It’s so wrong in so many ways and they know it but they are just worried about the money they are getting. How bout we lock on of them up in a closet and leave them there for 40 years, where they cant walk or run or even have any kind of interaction with other ppl! That is exactly what they are doing to these beautiful creatures when they stick them in these fish tanks! How sick is the human race? What is wrong with us? Please, please free Lolita! Please free all Orca’s for that matter! She is getting old and has worked so hard for human’s for so long, y dont u just let her retire?! SHE HAS EARNED IT!!

  8. It’s past time to Retire Lolita and Free Tokitae!

  9. larry silber says:

    The more i reflect on the injustices man commits against man as well as other species, the more ashamed i am of being a man. How can we be so arrogant to invent a god whom our image reflects that gave man dominion over all life? this tennant seems to enable our moral compas to studder. So sad beings like Lolita suffer while we possibly evolve ethically, but what if we never do? Money creates wealth and power to give motivation to men to do these horrible things so they can control others. Only money can stop it now. Unfortunately it seems that those who amass great fortunes are not the types to care about animal rights, or atleast not enough who have the financial capabilities to make a difference care about such matters. Sea World is part of a billion dollar enterprise and doing the right thing could jeopardize their profits, so instead they will continue to exploit these animals for profit and stupid arrogant people will pay for the entertainment. Surely a small company hardly surviving like miami seaquarium wont be the first to do something wonderful but maybe costly to their percieved bottom line. we must figure a way for miamie seaq. to funnel a profit if the freedom of lolita is attempted. If that doesnt work because the owner just loves the idea of owning Lolita, than enough money must be raised to forceibly release her before she dies and this sad episode expires without the opportunity to learn really how smart these whales are.

  10. S. Maunders says:

    It makes so mad that we are still using Marine Mammals in such an exploitive way. A swimming pool is no place for Orca’s or Dolphins. No Mammal was put on this earth for human entertainment.
    Keep campaigning for their end.
    Keep letter writing
    Keep bombarding sea world and MSA with emails stating your disgust at the practice of tacky Orca and Dolphins shows!
    Spread the word about the truth and all the Orca & DolphinDeaths these places conceal !

  11. Bill Tover says:

    BOYCOTT ORCA/DOLPHIN AQUARIUMS AND HELP TO PUT AN END TO THE TORTUOUS LIVES THAT THESE MAGNIFICENT CREATURES HAVE TO ENDURE IN THEIR WATERY PRISONS!!! IT’S BARBARIC TO KIDNAP ANIMALS SUCH AS THESE FROM THEIR FAMILIES/PODS AND THE VAST OCEANS THAT THEY KNOW AS THEIR HOME AND THEN TO “DUMP” THEM INTO THESE “CAPITALISTIC”, CEMENT PONDS THAT ARE VOID OF ANY STIMULUS THAT SUPPORTS THE ORCAS’ AND DOLPHINS’ WELL BEING!!!!!!

  12. This is disgusting. If we were to capture children and put them in circuses we’d be in jail for life!

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