Schlagwort-Archive: LOLITA

The world’s loneliest orca desperately needs our help.

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The world’s loneliest orca desperately needs our help.

Lolita was just 4 years old when she was torn away from her family and her ocean home nearly five decades ago.

Although her family members still swim in the vast waters where she was captured, Lolita can only drift in tiny circles, stuck at the Miami Seaquarium in the smallest orca tank in North America—perhaps even the world. She hasn’t even seen another orca since her tankmate Hugo died more than 35 years ago.

PETA is campaigning hard for Lolita to be released into a seaside sanctuary—and now, you can give a boost to the trailblazing legal team working to win her release.

We hope to raise $100,000 by March 31 to give our legal team the resources that it needs in order to help Lolita and other animals like her. Make your gift to the PETA Legal Fund today. Even as little as $5 will be an important contribution to our work.

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PETA’s legal team successfully pushed for Lolita to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Now, we need to win her freedom.
PETA has unearthed records that the Miami Seaquarium tried to keep sealed so that the public wouldn’t know how much Lolita is suffering. They reveal that this lonely orca is forced to take a veritable cocktail of drugs and medications—including antibiotics, antifungals, pain medication, steroids, and hormones—almost daily, all to treat ailments caused by her captivity. Her teeth are permanently damaged, likely from gnawing on the sides and gates of the tank, and she’s going insane from the stress of confinement.

Yet the Miami Seaquarium is still forcing Lolita to perform in show after show, two or sometimes even three times a day.

From buying stock in the Miami Seaquarium’s parent company to suing it under the Endangered Species Act and the government for licensing the aquarium to exhibit her to mobilizing tens of thousands of people to join our call for her release, PETA is working vigorously to win Lolita’s freedom from that watery prison. Now we need your help as we continue to fight in her behalf.

Sylvia, our legal team will never back down. Please make a donation to the PETA Legal Fund today to support our groundbreaking work for Lolita and other animals in need.

No matter how long it takes, we won’t give up on helping Lolita and other abused animals. With support from kind people like you, PETA has already achieved more legal precedents for animals than any other group. But we can’t rest on our laurels!

Until all the tanks are emptied, our legal team will keep working to win Lolita’s freedom and to secure other animals‘ fundamental rights. Donate to the PETA Legal Fund today and help us accomplish even more for animals.

Thank you for your compassion and for taking action for long-abused animals like Lolita.

Kind regards,
Ingrid E. Newkirk


The Pressure Is on the Miami Seaquarium to Release ‘The Loneliest Whale’ Into a Seaside Sanctuary

The Miami Beach City Commission has unanimously passed Mayor Philip Levine’s resolution calling on the Miami Seaquarium to release the aquarium’s lone orca, Lolita, immediately into a seaside sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest.

In an Instagram post, Mayor Levine said that he’s now asking all other Florida mayors to join him in urging the Miami Seaquarium to do the right thing.

Along with thousands of activists, Mayor Levine has been calling on the aquarium to release Lolita into a more spacious habitat for years.

Lolita’s story is heartbreaking. At only 4 years old, she was torn away from her family and ocean home during the largest capture of wild orcas in history. Humans abducted her and six other orcas and sold them to marine parks as mere commodities.

The Miami Seaquarium purchased the 7,000-pound orca for only $6,000 to confine her for fleeting human entertainment.

She’s the sole survivor of the horrifying capture and has spent the past 47 years in the world’s tiniest orca tank—which violates the federal Animal Welfare Act’s minimum size requirements.

Lolita spends her days floating listlessly in her barren tank. She has no mental, physical, or emotional stimulation and no opportunity to engage in any natural types of behavior, like communicating with others of her species. She currently shares her tank with a few Pacific white-sided dolphins, who frequently attack her, and has no orca companions. In 1980, her former orca tankmate, Hugo, killed himself after repeatedly smashing his head into the walls of the tank.

But there’s hope! A protected coastal sea pen off Washington’s San Juan Islands would allow her to experience greater freedom of movement and give her the opportunity to see and communicate with the orca believed to be her mother and the rest of her long-lost family members, who still spend much of their time in the area.

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Orca Tank Image: Drones For Animal Defense | Sea Pen Image: © 2015 Google | © 2015 Europa Technologies 

Join Mayor Levine and countless other compassionate people in asking Parques Reunidos (whose U.S. subsidiary, Palace Entertainment, owns the Miami Seaquarium) to give Lolita her freedom and immediately release her into a coastal sanctuary that can provide her with a more natural environment.

Free Lolita! PETA Buys Stock in Miami Seaquarium’s Parent Company

Written by Michelle Kretzer | March 6, 2017

Lolita, the solitary orca at the Miami Seaquarium, has spent nearly half a century in captivity. She has been without the companionship of another orca since 1980, when her tankmate, Hugo, died in an apparent suicide by ramming his head repeatedly into the tank wall. Today, following the 37th anniversary of Hugo’s death, PETA has purchased stock in the Miami Seaquarium’s parent company, Parques Reunidos, and will use shareholder opportunities to work to win the orca Lolita’s freedom.

Parques Reunidos is also the parent company of Marineland in Antibes, France, which holds four orcas captive: Wikie, Inouk, Moana, and Keijo. At least 12 others have died there since 1970, including 19-year-old Valentin, who succumbed in 2015 to severe internal injuries, after a storm caused the oxygenation and filtration systems in his tank to stop working, leaving him trapped in a pool of muddy water. Just months earlier, his mother, Freya, also died, decades before the maximum life expectancy of female orcas in the wild.

“Lolita’s extended family is still swimming freely in the ocean, and we want her to be reunited with them,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is calling for all these highly intelligent, social animals to be released into seaside sanctuaries, allowing them to enjoy a more natural life and be rehabilitated for potential release into the ocean, where they belong.”

What You Can Do

Join PETA and hundreds of thousands of other animal advocates in calling on Parques Reunidos to retire all five suffering orcas to coastal sanctuaries.