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TAKE ACTION: Help Free Lolita!


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Julie
- 3036 days ago - animals.change.org
Lolita is an orca who was captured from the wild and ripped away from her life in 1970 when she was just a few years old. She now swims in an uncomfortably small pool-illegal by the standards of the Animal Welfare Act-at Miami Seaquarium. HELP FREE LOLITA



   

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Carol H (229)
Monday October 25, 2010, 5:34 pm
signed and noted. thanks Julie
 

Julie P (54)
Monday October 25, 2010, 5:38 pm
From the "Change.org" site:

"Lolita's story is no different than how many orcas and dolphins taken from the wild end up at marine mammal parks like SeaWorld. Shortly over a month after her capture, Lolita was in her new home: an 80' by 73' tank at the Miami Seaquarium.

By the standards set by the Animal Welfare Act, the tank is unlawfully small for her 22-foot long, 8,000 pound body. There is only 35 feet between the front wall and the middle barrier. With no family and no friends, she spends her days forced to perform tricks for food. When she is not performing, she waits patiently in her prison for someone anyone to give her companionship.

Orcas and other marine mammals do not survive very long in captivity. In fact, all of the six young orcas caught with Lolita have died. She did have a friend in captivity, once. Hugo, another orca caught off of Washington's coast in 1968, lived at the aquarium until 1980. After continually banging his head against his tank's walls, he died of a brain aneurism at the young age of 15. Now, Lolita swims without the company of other orcas, unless you count the small inflatable toy orca given to her as company.

Orcas are intelligent and social animals that function in a family unit. They have emotions, feel pain and are perfectly designed for their natural marine environment. They deserve to live freely. According the the Humane Society of the United States, life in captivity hardly mimics life in the wild. The pools are too small and shallow, a family cannot be established and maintained, and use of sonar becomes obsolete. Orcas often suffer from depression, anxiety, and infection when subjected to captivity.

For over a decade, there has been increasing pressure on the Miami Seaquarium for the retirement of Lolita. She is even featured in the documentary, Lolita: Slave to Entertainment.

If retired, she could live two or three more decades and possibly have a baby. On the contrary, if left in captivity, her days are numbered. Why won't her captors let her go? It's simple: Lolita brings in money.

Help change Lolita's fate. Don't buy admission tickets to marine parks and encourage others to do the same. Sign the petition to tell the Miami Seaquarium it's time for Lolita to reclaim her life."
 

Kathy Parsons (20)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 7:01 am
Can anyone tell me whether the petition had an impact and helped Lolita?
 
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