"Lolita: Slave to Entertainment" is a documentary that sheds light on the cruel and exploitative world of the captive dolphin industry. Directed by Tim Gorski, the film exposes the dark underbelly of the entertainment industry and the inhumane treatment of marine animals for our amusement.
The film centers around the story of Lolita, a captive orca whale held in a small tank at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970. Lolita's story is a tragic one, as she was taken from her family in the wild and has been living in a tiny tank for over 50 years. Her tank is only 35 feet wide and 20 feet deep, far too small for an animal that can swim over 100 miles a day in the wild. The film also highlights the brutal training methods used to force these intelligent creatures to perform unnatural behaviors for human entertainment.
The documentary reveals the disturbing truth about the dolphin entertainment industry and how the animals are subjected to cruel treatment, including isolation, starvation, and physical abuse. It also shows how the industry deceives the public by marketing these shows as educational, while in reality, they are nothing more than exploitation of marine mammals.
The film also features interviews with experts in the field of marine biology and animal welfare, who share their insights and knowledge about the physical and psychological toll that captivity takes on marine animals. The experts explain how the animals are deprived of their natural habitat, their family, and their freedom, which leads to stress and psychological trauma.
One of the most shocking scenes in the film shows the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. This practice, known as the "dolphin drive," involves rounding up dolphins in the wild and driving them into a cove where they are trapped and either sold to marine parks or killed for their meat. The scenes in the documentary are graphic and disturbing, but they show the brutality of the captive dolphin industry.
The film concludes by urging viewers to take action to help protect marine animals from the cruel and exploitative industry. It highlights the work of animal rights organizations and encourages viewers to support their efforts to end the captivity and exploitation of marine animals.