On Friday, April 1st Miami and London UNITED to rally against Lolita the orca’s cruel captors. Miami Seaquarium kidnapped Lolita from her family when she was just 4 years old. She has been living at Miami Seaquarium ever since, in a tank so small it violates Animal Welfare Act regulations.
Coordinated protests were held on Lolita’s behalf at Miami Seaquarium and Arle Captial in London. Arle Capital Investments have a direct link in the chain which keeps Lolita captive at Miami Seaquarium.
Palace Entertainments, owners of Miami Seaquarium and Lolita, is the US operating subsidiary of Parques Reunidos – a European based company. They are owned by Candover, a private equity fund which is managed by London-based Arle Capital Investments.
We will be using this rally to urge Miami Seaquarium and Arle Capital to allow Lolita to retire to a safe sanctuary to live out the remainder of her years and live as an orca truly should – FREE.
Video speeches given by:
Howard Garrett – Orca Network
Tim Gorski – Director of Lolita: Slave To Entertainment
Dr Paul Spong – OrcaLab
Margaux Dodds – Marine Connection
Speaker – Clive Martin
Founding Partner World Cetacean Alliance
Director Orca Rescues Foundation
The eyes of the world are on the decision-makers in both places, and we are looking for a genuine awareness that holding her in that tiny tub to wring the last dollar out of her while letting her die there is profoundly immoral. Massive human energies are now dedicated to seeing Lolita/Tokitae taken to a protected cove in a peaceful bay in the heart of the San Juan Islands, where she’ll feel the healthful waters she remembers in that massive cerebral cortex of hers, to regain her stamina and strength, to explore the waters she was born and raised in, and to one day meet and communicate with her family, whose unique vocal signals she calls in every day. She has always been ready to come home. When we will be ready to bring her there? – Orca Network
Thanks to everyone for yesterday – let us hope that together, we can help change Lolita’s life for the better and allow her to return to her home waters!
Thanks, everyone, for your support from across the pond – Sandra Pollard author of Puget Sound Whales for Sale: The Fight to End Orca Hunting (The History Press), which tells Lolita’s story and that of all the other Southern Residents brutally captured from our waters
I was proud to be a part of it with all those awesome warriors. On the train on the way back to Belgium some people saw my Free Lolita and asked me to explain. Some people said that these beautiful creatures belong in the sea and not in captivity. Someone said that I was right to help the orcas and to continue to fight for their freedom. For the rest of the trip home I could not stop thinking about Lolita, Tilikum and others orcas. To all those amazing people who fight for these beautiful creatures. Thank you all for what you’re doing. Respect to all.
This demo was so good. I felt good about being there and helping Lolita as much as I can. Met nice people. We all have the same in common. Animals. And its nice to be with people who understand. Thank you Jo and everyone else who helped put it together.
Setting Lolita free this could be the milestone to victory, and the pathway to freedom for all Orcas and Dolphins currently in captivity in all Marine Parks worldwide. London came together April 1st to be the voice of Lolita the 50 year old captive orca who has been in captivity since 1970. We have got to help Orca Network return her to her home waters in Washington State.
What an amazing demonstration in London yesterday! Every one of the photos show incredible creativity and dedication. This is sidewalk theater of the highest degree. Going through the photos I think I met every person there, and I hope to meet them again some day. There are no doubt some Arle executives going over these photos and muttering things that can’t be printed on Facebook. Attention has now been turned to the real decision-makers who will decide Toki’s future.