Subject: Orca: Free Lolita Update #3 (fwd)

mike williamson (
Tue, 23 Mar 1999 09:05:27 -0500 (EST)

Dear Friends of Lolita,

Update #3
This list has more than doubled since the last posting, so we repeat the
introduction for those who have not seen it. Those who have seen it can move
down to News.


Most of you are on this list because you asked to receive
news of the campaign to return the orca called Lolita, also
known as Tokitae, to her home waters in Washington State.
Lolita is fully capable and deserves the chance to rejoin her
family still living there. The political, economic and social 
conditions that have kept Lolita in a display tank in Miami 
for 28 years are now changing in a direction that is favorable 
to her chances to go home.
Recent scientific knowledge and the example of Keiko tell us
that there is no real risk involved in returning Lolita to her
home waters, but there is huge risk in keeping her captive.
Lolita shows incredible strength and courage and remains in
good health and can make the transition to her native habitat. 
There is much you can do to help make that trip home a 
reality for Lolita.
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Howard Garrett
Tokitae Foundation
Lolita Campaign Coordinator
(305) 672-4039

And now the News:

1)	MOTHER'S DAY DEMO picking up steam
2)	Lolita still on TV across the US - contact your local station to play it
3)	Completely new Lolita Come Home web site set to debut
4)	Jean Michel Cousteau announces Ocean Futures Society
5)	Things you can do to help Lolita

1)	The Mother's Day demonstration, Sunday, May 9th, from Noon to 1 PM, in
front of the Seaquarium, is gathering strength. A generous donation from the
owners of a Miami Beach tropical cafe has allowed the printing of 2500
postcards and 500 posters, plus banners and bumper stickers, plus a mass
mailing, to alert people in South Florida and elsewhere to please attend
this important demonstration. The event will be peaceful and lawful, on
public property, and will be followed by a picnic and music. Please spread
the word, and keep in mind that the campaign still needs financial help to
make it a resounding success. The Tokitae Foundation is a 501 c 3 non-profit
organization, and you can now go to a web site and help directly, at:

2)	The powerful one-hour documentary "Lolita - Spirit in the Water" is still
playing all over the US, in 130 markets. Each city has the option to show
the video twice, so a little public pressure can probably accomplish that.
If you know what station in your area played it, call or write and ask them
to please play it again.

3)	A team of web site technicians and designers at Microsoft is now
redesigning the Lolita Come Home Page web site
( Watch this space for the debut announcement
within two weeks.

4)	Ocean Futures Society, the merger of the Free Willy/Keiko Foundation and
the Cousteau Institute was announced on March 16. Jean-Michel Cousteau is
President, and Craig McCaw is chairman of the board. Ocean Futures Society
plans to bring an awareness of ocean life to the world via a stream of
educational events and the beautiful new web site at:
Keiko symbolizes the world's oceans. Here's the press release:
"March 16, 1999
Free Willy Keiko Foundation and Jean-Michel Costeau Institute merge, create
Ocean Futures Society.
The Free Willy Keiko Foundation, the caretaker of the world's most famous
whale, and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Institute announced today that they have
reached an agreement to merge the two nonprofit organizations to form a new
organization called the Ocean Futures Society that will serve as a "voice for
the oceans." 

5)	Things you can do to help Lolita return home:

	1)      If you haven't already done this, please write a short (or long)
letter to Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas, 111 NW 1st St., Miami FL
33128, and ask him to use his influence to help Lolita get home. Alert him
to the fact that Miami's image is at stake.

	2)      Tell your friends, relatives, co-workers, hairdressers, stock
brokers or anyone else about the Lolita campaign, and add their email
addresses to the Lolita Update list.

	3)      Come to the Mother's Day demonstration, May 9th, 12 to 1 PM, at the

	4)      Contact any major celebrity or political figure you know and ask
them to say some words of encouragement that we can quote or better yet,
come to the Mother's Day demo.

	5)      Last October Kodak Corp. asked the Seaquarium to remove its logo
from the whale stadium but the Seaquarium has so far refused to do so.
Please contact Kodak at to ask Kodak to reinforce their
request to the Seaquarium. The whale show narrator still claims Kodak is a
sponsor of this outmoded circus act. The CEO of Kodak is George M.C. Fisher,
343 State St., Building 7, 19th Floor, Rochester, NY 14650-0229; Ph:
716-724-4000, Fax: 716-724-9070.

	Thank you for all your kind messages of encouragement and for helping
Lolita. We'll keep you informed of progress.

Howard Garrett
Tokitae Foundation
Lolita Campaign Coordinator
(305) 672-4039

For more on Lolita, and to hear her family and see a video of Lolita in her
tank, check out the NEW Free Lolita web site at 

and for a campaign overview, see the Lolita Come Home Page:

A Review of the Releasability of Long Term Captive Orcas is at:

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