Take Action: Free Morgan
I have been following the case of the young orca, Morgan, with particular interest. Morgan was captured on June 23, 2010 by the Dolphinarium Harderwijk off the north coast of the Netherlands—a rare event since no orcas have been sighted in the area since 1947.
Morgan was severely underweight and in poor health. The Dutch government permitted her capture on the basis that she be rehabilitated and released promptly after her health returned. Using her vocalizations, it was determined that Morgan most likely belonged to a pod from the Norwegian herring-eating population. It was predicted that she would have to stay in captivity for 3-6 months to return to a healthy weight and finish antibiotics. On December 10, 2010, the dolphinarium announced that she would not be returned to the wild.
In November 2011, it was announced that Morgan would be moved to an amusement park called Loro Parque, in the Canary Islands, and the Dutch government issued a permit for her to be exported.
The time has come to view captivity of whales and dolphins as a part of our history –
not a tragic part of our future.
On November 1, 2012 Morgan will get a second chance at freedom when three Judges in Amsterdam will be investigating the previous ruling made to allow Morgan’s transfer to Loro Parque in the Canary Islands, and will also look at the legality of keeping Morgan in captivity.
It is important that animal activists and concerned citizens put pressure on the Dutch government to give Morgan a chance to live a life of freedom in the open sea.
Please take action now - join myself and Ocean Futures Society in supporting the Free Morgan Expert Board and their plans for a humane program which would give Morgan a chance at freedom.
First Photo: Morgan in the Dolphinarium Harderwijk. © Dr. Ingrid Visser
Morgan should be given the chance to return to Norway and the orca population she came from because it is not appropriate in these modern times to keep such an intelligent animal in captivity for our entertainment and profit. I do not approve of Morgan's relocation to an amusement park in the Canary Islands instead of implementing any attempt for release.
I fully support the "Free Morgan Expert Board" in their recommendation for the rehabilitation and release of Morgan from captivity and let her live in her natural home, the ocean.
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