"Trapped since 1970. Set me free": the call to free the orca Lolita

Activists of the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) asked this Saturday with a plastic action in downtown Miami the liberation of the killer whale lolita, on the 51st anniversary of his captivity in a water park in the city.

“Trapped since 1970. Free me” (Trapped since 1970. Free me) read the sign held by an activist sitting in a bathtub in the middle of a thoroughfare on Brickell Avenue, with her body painted like an orca.

This weekend they are fulfilled 51 years since Lolita, the orca confined to solitary at the Miami Seaquarium, she was kidnapped from her family off the coast of Washington state, near Vancouver, Canada.

For this reason, at least fifty PETA activists emphasized the fact that Lolita has already passed more than five decades in the world’s smallest killer whale pond, equivalent to confining a human in a bathtub, according to the summons.

PETA activists this Saturday in the call to ask for the release of the orca Lolita.

“Without human help, Lolita won’t be able to get out of that concrete cell and return to the family and home that they have denied him for more than five decades, “PETA Latino director Alicia Aguayo said in a statement.

“PETA wants Lolita spent her final years in a coastal sanctuary where you will finally feel the ocean currents instead of concrete walls; the Miami Seaquarium owes it to him, “he added.

On September 24, 1970, Lolita, who was four years old, arrived at the Miami Seaquarium, owned by Palace Entertainment, a company acquired in 2007 by the Spanish Parques Reunidos, and since then she has been confined to a pool of about 60 feet (18 meters) in length and one maximum depth of 20 feet (6.1 meters), according to measures supplied by animal activists.

Organizations defending the rights of animals have denounced for years that the place where they live is too small for an animal of a species that in freedom he usually swims 100 miles a day (160 kilometers) and dive tens of meters deep,

Activists claim that the tank where Lolita lives does not complies even with the measures dictated by the Animal Welfare Law, which requires them to be at least 80 feet (24 meters) long, that is, twice the length of an adult killer whale.

Also, Lolita has not had contact with any other member of his species since the death of Hugo with whom he lived and who died in 1980 at the Seaquarium.

The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) asked Miami-Dade Attorney General Katherine Fernández Rundle in August 2020 to investigate the Miami Aquarium for animal abuse.

Likewise, public figures such as the Mexican actress Kate del Castillo have denounced the confinement of the orca.

A group of indigenous Lummi, a people in the Northwest of the United States, have gathered peacefully at times in front of the Miami Aquarium to pray for Lolita’s release, which was born in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.


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