After 45 miserable years in captivity, the tide may finally be turning for Lolita, the world’s loneliest orca.

Public opposition to keeping orcas in captivity is growing, and just last month the U.S. government ruled that she should receive endangered species protection, along with the rest of her pod, which lives off the coast of Washington state.

Animal rights activists have filed a lawsuit, alleging that Lolita’s treatment at the Miami Seaquarium violates the Animal Welfare Act. Particularly troubling is her tank, which is the smallest currently in use for orcas

Care2 member Maddie L started a petition to get the USDA to enforce their rules about tank size and help convince the Seaquarium to release Lolita back to the Pacific ocean.

Please sign Maddie’s petition to pressure the USDA to do the right thing for the world’s loneliest orca.

A hearing will be held in Miami this month to determine whether Lolita’s treatment is indeed illegal under the Animal Welfare Act – your signature is needed to convince the federal government to follow their own rules and protect Lolita.

Please sign

10 thoughts on “Lolita, 45 Years In Captivity

  1. So sad.. 😦 I will check the petition. Thank you.


  2. BroadBlogs says:

    This makes me both sad and angry. Thanks for sending out the petition.


    1. Ronnie says:

      This passage is from The Orca Project:
      “Lolita is the only orca housed at the Miami Seaquarium. Her former tank-mate Hugo died on March 4, 1980 after repeatedly smashing his head into the walls of the tank in what is described as an act of suicide. Lolita has been alone ever since.”
      It certainly evokes sadness and anger.


  3. Barb says:

    This makes my heart bleed for Lolita and other animals in the same situation. 45 years is a long time to be held in captivity in such conditions, it’s downright cruel. They shouldn’t be held in captivity at all, put them back in the ocean where they should be – FREE!
    I’m going over now to sign.
    Thanks for bringing it to our attention Ronnie.


    1. Barb says:

      Done, and shared on Facebook.


      1. Ronnie says:

        Thanks for helping.

        Liked by 1 person

    2. Ronnie says:

      I agree with you completely. Thank you for signing the petition Barb.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Mélanie says:

    I love orcas… I had the chance to watch them around Iceland and the Canary islands…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ronnie says:

      An impressive sight no doubt.


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