Protesters and Orca Mascot Will Rally for Lone Orca’s Freedom
For Immediate Release:
December 23, 2020
David Perle 202-483-7382
Miami – Just ahead of Christmas, Santa Claus will make a pit stop on Thursday at the Miami Seaquarium to lead PETA supporters in a rousing protest of the park’s imprisonment of the orca Lolita, who has spent five decades in the smallest orca tank in the world. The protest will include a PETA supporter in an orca costume and signs proclaiming, “All Lolita Wants for Christmas Is Her FREEDOM!”
“Lolita won’t know comfort or joy until the Miami Seaquarium agrees to release her into a seaside sanctuary,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on the Seaquarium to give her a chance at diving deep and finding companionship with other orcas after so many years alone.”
The Seaquarium’s parent company also owns Marineland in Antibes, France, where leaders are requiring that captive marine mammals be moved to seaside sanctuaries—and PETA is calling on the company to include Lolita in its cetacean-release plan.
Where: Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami
When: Thursday, December 24, 12 noon
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.