Lolita, the endangered orca, has been swimming in sad, lonely circles at the Miami Seaquarium for over 47 years, ever since she was ripped away from her wild family. She is forced to live as a prisoner in the smallest orca tank in the US, and must perform mundane tricks for visitors every day. Fortunately, progress is being made to have Lolita returned to her home ocean in a seaside sanctuary, close to where her mother and family pod still swim. This is a key moment for the world’s loneliest orca. We must act now to free Lolita!
Miami Seaquarium is located off the coast of Florida, on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, in Miami-Dade County, and is located close to downtown Miami. Miami Beach is the city that has jurisdiction over the Seaquarium. On October 27, just before he resigned to begin his campaign for Governor of Florida, former City Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine, and his city commission issued a resolution urging the owners of the Seaquarium to retire Lolita. Mayor Levine sent the resolution to all 67 Florida counties. Shortly after, the Mayor of Broward County, Barbara Sharief and her commission, signed the resolution.
Additionally, a new statewide bill is being considered for Florida with the same aims as the California Orca Protection Act to end orca captivity, breeding and transporting.
Lolita needs your help now more than ever. Other county leaders must demonstrate their leadership by supporting the resolution to finally free Lolita and end her suffering!
1) Call Carlos A. Gimenez, current Mayor of Miami-Dade County: 305 375 5071
Leave a message for the Mayor. If you speak with someone, ask to be transferred either to the Mayor or to Michael Spring, who handles all Miami Seaquarium / Lolita issues.
Hello, I'm calling with concern to the solitary orca named Lolita being held at the Miami Seaquarium. This lonely orca deserves a chance at freedom, so I’m asking that you support her permanent retirement to a seaside sanctuary in the waters from which she was taken, and possible release back to her family. I strongly support the resolution made by previous mayor Philip Levine, which advocates for her retirement. I hope that you can take the next steps and help get Lolita back in the ocean where she belongs. Thank you very much.
2) Thank former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine for supporting Lolita on Twitter.
3) Thank Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief for supporting Lolita on Facebook.
4) If you haven't already, send a letter to Miami Seaquarium CEO Andrew Hertz here.
5) Send our letter calling on other county leaders to adopt orca-friendly resolutions:
Take Action for Lolita, the World's Loneliest Orca
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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