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Lolita

To Whom It Concerns,

I am writing today to encourage Miami Seaquarium to relinquish Lolita to her pod family in Puget Sound. For almost her entire life, Lolita has been imprisoned by the Miami Seaquarium, forced to endure inadequate space, inferior medical treatment and care, lack of companionship, and involuntary training, made to perform tricks to the delight of apathetic and ignorant audiences. Since her capture, occurring in 1970 after the vicious slaughter of many of her pod mates, individuals comprising a large global audience concerned with Lolita have been encouraging Miami Seaquarium to relinquish her to freedom; sadly, corporate greed and indifference have resulted in Lolita’s deteriorating mental and physical state and her continued imprisonment. By refusing to release her to her family pod, you are establishing your approval of animal cruelty, and I am appalled to learn of your deliberate involvement in the exploitation of animals.

Although you may assert that humane protocols must be followed in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act standards, the visual evidence validates the position that these directives are often ignored in favor of park management; nevertheless, establishing a threshold of humane treatment is ambiguous at best, these standards being implemented by those with questionable interests, its oversight managed by the National Marine Fisheries Service as part of the Department of Commerce. As such, it is important to recognize that all animals, fundamentally valuable beyond monetary benefit, are being exploited in demonstrably cruel and unnecessary manners. Additionally, Lolita still displays behaviours typical of those calling to their pod members (www.miamiseaprison.com) while other animals continually languish as well.

I hope you make the compassionate decision to discontinue your imprisonment of Lolita and relinquish her to her family pod in Puget Sound. However, as long as you continue to unnecessarily capitalize on the exploitation, imprisonment, and maltreatment of her, I will not financially support you. It is important to recognize that consumers are increasingly rejecting those businesses that are complicit in the suffering and unnecessary treatment of animals by shifting their loyalties to those companies that do not participate in the exploitation of them, and I hope that you will extend such an ethical and empathetic gesture as well.

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