Dutch Court Sentences Wild Orca To Life In A Small PoolLoro Parque claim Morgan is deaf - June 2012
.Read the previous update on Morgan - March 2012
Orca MORGAN in Harderwijk. (c) Ingrid N. Visser
WDCS was disheartened to learn that a court in the Netherlands had decided that Morgan, a young female wild orca held at the Harderwijk dolphinarium since her rescue from the Wadden Sea in June 2010, should be transferred from the Netherlands to remain in captivity at the Loro Parque zoo in the Canary Islands. (Watch video of her transfer).
The disappointing decision came despite the majority of experts initially consulted regarding Morgan’s possible release changing their opinions and agreeing that the orca is a potential candidate for release.
Sadly, money talked and corporate greed trampled on Morgan's rights. A majestic and intelligent orca is no one’s property but Morgan is now ‘owned’ by big business.
Fears now grow for Morgan’s health and welfare as she will be introduced into a new captive environment, to orcas who are strangers to her, and to the circus-style shows at LoroParque.
She’s been sentenced to life in a small, shallow, concrete cell. She’ll live out her lonely days performing for food in a circus-style show. Statistically, she will probably die in her teens. Her only crime was getting lost.
Morgan’s fate should have been so different. Orca experts located her family in Norwegian waters and the Free Morgan Group, of which WDCS is a member, put together a detailed multi-stage release plan for rehabilitating her and releasing her back to her family in the wild. A donor was ready to fund the expensive operation and a community in Norway was on stand-by to help make it happen. But the global whale and dolphin captivity business could never afford for such an effort to be successful.
Sadly, it looks as though that hope is now gone. In captivity, orcas suffer a significantly reduced survival rate, low breeding success and stress, which can lead to aggression between themselves and towards trainers, illness and even death.
YOU can still help
We want to make sure this never happens again. We will campaign to ensure that European Union rules mean that a rescued whale or dolphin can only be taken temporarily into captivity if the intent is to release them once they have recovered.
And we will not rest until there are no more captive whales or dolphins in the EU.
Please remember Morgan as we continue to fight in her name. Join our campaign to end the cruelty of whale and dolphin captivity in the EU forever.