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July 25, 2014

Another Chance for Lolita's Freedom

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Dear Friend,

Miami Seaquarium, where Lolita (one of the oldest captive orcas) resides, was recently purchased by Palace Entertainment. This could either mean good news or bad news for Lolita. Please contact the President and CEO of Palace Entertainment, asking him to retire Lolita.

Lolita, kept in Miami’s Seaquarium for 43 years, is one of the oldest captive orcas alive. How she has lived for this long under such unnatural conditions is a testament to her will to survive. Despite violations of the USDA’s Animal Welfare Act (AWA) concerning her tank size, animal handling practices, and being held without another orca companion since 1980, USDA allows Lolita to languish.

The purchase of Miami Seaquarium could mean one of three things:

  1. Palace Entertainment could continue to force Lolita to perform in order to profit.
  2. Palace Entertainment could decide to transfer Lolita to another sea park.
  3. Palace Entertainment could make the compassionate choice and retire Lolita to a sea sanctuary near her birth family, off of the Washington coast.

Of course, we’re hoping for option number 3: Lolita’s freedom. Palace Entertainment must be told that Lolita’s continued exploitation is unnecessarily cruel. Due largely to the 2013 documentary Blackfish, we have public support on our side. Let’s once again be a strong voice for Lolita, who has endured a lifetime of cruelty and solitude.

Please urge Palace Entertainment to retire Lolita to her natural waters!

For the animals,

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P.S. We are still waiting for the government's decision as to Lolita's status under the Endangered Species Act, and have our fingers crossed.

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