For many years now advocates have been doing everything they can to retire Lolita the orca from the Miami Seaquarium. There have been countless protests, petitions and even offers to "Buy Back Lolita" from the Seaquarium so she could be free. Unfortunately the Miami Seaquarium was owned by the Hertz family for many years, who refused to give her up and laughed off suggestions that they act in Lolita's best interest.
In 2014 the Hertz family apparently changed their mind about Lolita being "family" to them and sold the Seaquarium along with Lolita to Palace Entertainment, a large corporation based in Spain. Many excellent organizations and well-respected folks sent letters and petitions to the new owner, Fernando Eiroa, CEO of Palace Entertainment to try and discuss a retirement plan for Lolita. So far, however, Palace Entertainment is just as stubborn as the Hertz family and has failed to respond to any communications or share their plans for the Miami Seaquarium or Lolita.
It seems the plan for Lolita remains the same: she will continue living in a small chlorinated pool, the smallest orca tank in North America in fact. She will continue to be slathered in sunblock despite it's unknown effects on orcas because Palace Entertainment has no interest in paying for a simple sun shade for her tank. She will continue to be sunburned because she is 20 feet long and her pool is 20 feet deep, making diving impossible. She will never see or communicate with another whale again and will continue to enjoy human interaction only when she is performing tricks in exchange for food. She will never see her mom again even though she is alive and well, swimming free in their home waters to this day. She will continue performing two shows a day until the day she dies.
We cannot let Lolita's story end this way.