Target: Robert Rose, curator of the Miami Seaquarium
Goal: Allow Lolita, an imprisoned killer whale, to be release into the wild after three decades of captivity.
The horrible conditions of orcas and other large marine animals in captivity has unfortunately been a topic largely ignored by the general public. In 2013, however, with the premiere of the movie Blackfish, the topic quickly became an extremely heated one. The awareness brought from the documentary and the actions of animal welfare activists throughout the world is a tremendous step in the right direction. However, there are still so many animals being kept in waterlogged prison cells, including Lolita, a 37-year-old orca who was spent more than three decades forced to swim in a tiny pond rather than the massive ocean where she truly belongs.
Lolita has tragically spent 35 years in the Miami Seaquarium. Captured at such a young age with several family members, she is now the only survivor. Recently, the federal government declared her endangered and said that she deserved to be protected with the same precautions as any wild killer whale and yet nothing is being done to free her.
Lolita remains isolated in her tank, so shallow that it does not even meet the minimalistic government standards. She has no shade and therefore no rest from the sun, and has no other whales to interact with. Urge the curator of the Miami Seaquarium to work with activists and the government to finally grant Lolita the freedom and quality of life that she deserves.
Dear Robert Rose,
An orca is a beautiful animal who needs plenty of open space and company to truly flourish. Unfortunately, there is a killer whale in your aquarium who is not allowed either of those things, and I am writing to insist that you free Lolita.
Her tank is so shallow that it does not even meet government standards, and yet you have repeatedly insisted that she is well cared for. Clearly this is not the case. Lolita has been kept in a prison cell for more than three decades, and I will no longer stand for it. If you truly care for Lolita, you will do what is best for her and give her the freedom she deserves.
I demand that you work with government officials and animal rights activists to prepare Lolita for release into the wild. You cannot hold an animal in captivity just because it makes a profit for you. Please have respect for animals and liberate her immediately.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Robert Pittman via WikiMedia Commons