I read about Morgan in the New Zealand Herald today (captive orca going mad) and her story just makes me feel ill. Please help by signing the petition here and by sharing this article and any article on Morgan you find. This girl needs to go home! The following is from the website Free Morgan.com
Morgan, a young wild orca, is currently being held in captivity in the Netherlands. She does not belong in a tank. She belongs in the ocean.
In late June, 2010, a young orca was seen in the Wadden Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands. The little orca appeared to be ill, so she was captured and brought to the Harderwijk Dolfinarium, a captive facility about an hour from Amsterdam. She was named Morgan. For more than a year, she has been living in a small tank at the dolphinarium. She is currently on display, where visitors can see her every afternoon – an interesting experience for visitors, but for Morgan, it’s like living in a prison.
The Dutch government permitted her capture on the basis that she would be rehabilitated and then released back to the wild.
On December 10, 2010, the dolphinarium announced that she would not be returned to the wild.
Morgan doesn’t belong in captivity. She doesn’t belong to a private company which sells tickets to see her. She belongs in the ocean. Anyone who cares about orcas should insist that Morgan be returned to the wild.
In July, 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.
On August 3, 2011, a group of activists supporting Morgan scored a victory in an Amsterdam court. The group, called Orca Coalition, went to court to prevent Morgan from being sent to Loro Parque. They won their case against the Dutch government ministry responsible for Morgan, and therefore Morgan won’t be sent off to the Canary Islands. However, she will still remain in a tank in Harderwijk, and her long-term fate is still unknown. It will depend on the activists and the dolphinarium working together to find a solution.
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Take care all!