SEA SHEPHERD LEGAL -Working to Secure Justice for Lolita

In early September, Sea Shepherd Legal filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in the PETA v. Miami Seaquarium case.  PETA and and its allies previously filed a lawsuit against the Miami Seaquarium to protest the captivity and treatment of the orca Lolita, who has spent more than 45 years in a small tank to entertain the public.  The evidence showed that Lolita suffers from a variety of harms, including repetitive behavior due to cramped conditions, rake injuries inflicted by socially incompatible dolphins, and skin and eye damage from inadequate shade.  However, the trial court ultimately decided that these harms were insufficient to establish a violation of the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”).  PETA is appealing the decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.


In seeking justice for Lolita, PETA enlisted Sea Shepherd Legal’s assistance.  Our brief supports PETA’s position by asserting that the trial court has ignored decades of Supreme Court case law interpreting the ESA.  Sea Shepherd Legal also emphasizes that the court’s opinion wrongly assumes captive animals like Lolita have a greater tolerance for pain and suffering than their wild counterparts.

We are hopeful that, by adding our voice to the fight, we will convince the appellate court to arrive at the best decision for Lolita.



  1. Sophie Pousaz · September 9, 2016

    How can the people “looking after” Lolita sleep at night. This is so cruel..,


  2. Anne Davis · September 9, 2016

    Please release poor Lolita, how would all those humans like it if they were shut in a small toilet all their lives with people staring at them, these intelligent animals belong in the ocean with their families they are not attractions for people to make money off. it sickens me. humans are the worst.


  3. Rodrigo · September 9, 2016

    Lolita to be released now, for the sake of our human moral. Slavery was abolished because we decided it was abominable. Slavery to our fellow animal cousins with whom we share planet home needs to be abolished. As human beings let us protect the other species we are all in this together


  4. J Eckert · September 9, 2016

    These horrible captive slaves of intelligent cetaceans HAS TO STOP! Humans are hurting these great families , fueled by greed from the killers in Taiji,Japan. It’s all about GREED,not earths creatures.


  5. Kim · September 9, 2016

    return Lolita to the PNW where she was wrongfully and cruelly kidnapped 40+ years ago. Her mother “Granny” is still alive and over a hundred years old. She has been waiting patiently for a long time for her daughters return. Do the morally and ethical right thing Miami Sea Aquarium. Release her to a seapen where she will be monitored and cared for and brought back to health in her native waters. It can be done and there are a lot of caring and qualified people ready and waiting to make her transition a success.


  6. Vin · September 10, 2016

    This is exactly why it’s so easy to lose faith in mankind. Can you imagine spdnding 45 years in a bathtub?
    What has it done to this beautiful creature. It requires someone with good ole common sense as well as compassion to see that this poor girl is suffering immensely. Sorry, but this is utterly shameful.


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  8. Carol McCoag · September 10, 2016

    This is disgusting and cruel


  9. Vandersnickt karine · September 10, 2016

    Intolérable cette captivité miniature.
    Laissé les vivre dans leur milieu naturel.


  10. Denise Campbell · September 10, 2016

    sickening…free her


  11. Julien Jarmoune · September 10, 2016

    Free Lolita !! Lolita belongs to the ocean , she deserve to be free !! I’m sick to see animals like her in captivity , this is pure human stupidity and cruelty.


  12. Rhonda Hogan · September 10, 2016

    This animal needs to be in the ocean with her pod. She is a social creature. This bathtub is depressing and killing her for the sake of entertainment. Please Please set this girl free to a sea pen now.


  13. Diane · September 10, 2016

    Liberez la, sa place est dans l’ocean et non entre les griffes des humains.


  14. Mylène · September 11, 2016

    Ne visitez pas ces mourroirs! Boycottez les!


  15. Andrew · September 12, 2016

    It is cruel, but after all these years, would she survive in the wild?


  16. Alejandro Dintino · September 12, 2016

    Free lolita carajo, liberen a lolita porque le vamos a poner el negocio al fondo del mar… Free lolita CARAJO!!!


  17. heidi anders · September 12, 2016

    Il faut que cela cesse. Quel droit avons nous de traiter d’autres êtres vivants de cette façon ?


  18. Diane miller · September 14, 2016

    Please do the right thing…let her go..
    Maybe we can change this barbetick stage. She has been our circus act for too long..what would god say about all of this..
    He would say. “SHAME ON YOU HUMANS”..
    Let her the right thing….


  19. Herzeleide Pruett · September 30, 2016

    Free Lolita after many years o captivity


  20. Donna · November 11, 2016

    Please let Lolita have some dignity and let her retire to a sea pen!!!! It’s more than she deserves!!!


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