Help Free Lolita, the World's Loneliest Orca

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Lolita was torn away from her family and natural habitat decades ago, along with several other orcas in Puget Sound who were later sold to marine parks. Almost 45 years later, she is still stuck in a tank at the Miami Seaquarium—in the smallest orca tank in North America—while the rest of her pod swims freely. Lolita is a member of the Southern Resident orca population—a group of orcas who are now protected as an endangered species, in part because Lolita's capture and those like it decimated the population. Inexplicably, until now, Lolita has been denied the same protection as her free-roaming family.

Following a petition submitted by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Orca Network, the National Marine Fisheries Service finally reversed its decision and will protect Lolita as a member of an endangered species, which is an important first step in her rehabilitation and release from captivity. Now we need you to tell Miami Seaquarium's owner, Palace Entertainment, how important it is for Lolita to return to her natural habitat.

Since Lolita's tankmate died after ramming his head into the side of their tank more than 30 years ago, Lolita has been the only orca at the Miami Seaquarium. She has no opportunity to socialize or interact with other members of her species, which is excruciating for such a social and intelligent animal. When she is not forced to perform, Lolita has no other choice but to float in place or swim in endless circles. Visitors to the Miami Seaquarium see mere shadows of an orca who is denied the opportunity to engage in any natural behavior. Marine parks such as the Miami Seaquarium teach all the wrong lessons: that it is acceptable to imprison animals, deprive them of freedom of movement and thought, prevent them from exploring and establishing their natural territory, breed and separate them as we please, and allow them to go insane from loneliness.

You can help free Lolita by urging Palace Entertainment to retire her to a coastal sanctuary that's already available for her rehabilitation. You can use the form below to send an e-mail directly to Palace Entertainment's CEO.

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