Kate del Castillo Joins the Effort to Send Lolita to a Sanctuary

World-renowned actor and passionate animal rights activist Kate del Castillo once again joins PETA to speak up for animals in captivity. This time, she’s using her voice in a new video to advocate for Lolita, an orca being held prisoner at the Miami Seaquarium.

Lolita (whose given name is Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut) currently lives in the smallest orca tank in the world. She’s confined to a space that’s only four times the length of her own body, creating an unbearable experience for a mammal who can swim up to 100 miles per day. And as del Castillo describes in the video, her tank is so shallow—only 20 feet deep—that “it doesn’t even allow her to dive down far enough to protect her sensitive skin from the hot Florida sun.”

In the wild, orcas live in large social pods and often spend their entire lives with their families. However, Lolita was taken from her mother when she was only 4 years old and hasn’t seen another orca since 1980, when her tankmate, Hugo, died after ramming his head into the side of their tank.

Help us persuade the Miami Seaquarium to retire Lolita to a seaside sanctuary, where she would have the opportunity to reunite with her family, who still live in the area where she was captured, and where she would finally have the chance to lead a more natural life. Please share this video and Lolita’s story on your Facebook page and Twitter. As del Castillo says, “Together, we can make this happen and make a difference for other orcas, too, by refusing to go to marine parks like the Miami Seaquarium and SeaWorld.”

Lolita, we won’t stop fighting for you until you’re free!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind