Lolita is an orca that has been captive for 50 years in the Seaquarium of Miami and for which, last Tuesday, defenders of animal rights, including a activist disguised as a killer whale with shackles, gathered at a rally to request the Spanish company Reunited Parks release her.
“This is not part of our culture, it is cruel”shouted Lyn, the activist turned into “Lolita” for a few hours, along with the rest of the protesters, summoned by the association MAP (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), while they gathered outside the Seaquarium property, which has been closed for months due to COVID-19.
Such a protest was born from the French government prohibited, at the end of September, capturing marine animals and order the proprietary companies to release them in marine reserves. A new regulation by which the company that owns Lolita must release the animals from its complex in the south of France,Marineland, located in Antibes.
Humans go berserk after a short period of confinement without human company.
Imagine Lolita, who has been locked up for decades without the company of another killer whale, displaying repetitive behavior that indicates severe mental anguish. 😞 #FreeLolita NOW pic.twitter.com/5euysDYcpv
– MAP Latino (@PETA_Latino) October 6, 2020
Taking advantage of this opportunity, the activists did not hesitate to demand at the top of their lungs and with banners that the company also let Lolita free, which has been held in this Seaquarium, so small for its size, since September 24, 1970.
In addition to PETA, Lolita’s defenders are the indigenous Lummi, a town in the northwestern United States, the same area where it was captured along with other killer whales to be used in shows with marine animals in different parks around the world. A group that already met in front of the facilities, on September 24, date of the 50th anniversary of the closure of Lolita, to pray for the orca.
For its part, the Orcanetwork organization has a plan designed for the removal of Lolita if the Seaquarium agrees to release her. The steps of that plan are even detailed on its own website, which include travel sections by land, sea and air. The longest would be the journey in a cargo plane from Miami International Airport to Bellingham Airport in northwestern Washington state, near Vancouver, Canada.