Judge Rules Morgan should be moved to Loro Parque ASAP.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 29, 2011: As The Orca Project reports below, Morgan’s fate has been sealed. On November 29, 2011 despite valiant and heroic efforts of supporters, the young female orca was transferred from the Dutch dolphinarium to Loro Parque in the Spanish Canary Islands where she will join 5 SeaWorld-owned orcas. Read below for more info on this year-long battle for her freedom.
Today, a disappointing and shocking decision was made by the Judge in the case of Morgan, a juvenile orca found alone June 23, 2010 in Dutch waters. She is to be moved to Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain as soon as possible, even though a site for her sea-pen was located and warmly welcomed by the locals. There are wild orca in the area and more than likely, her family nearby. Read more on the proposed site here.
Via Free Morgan on FaceBook: “The judge ruled that Morgan must be shipped asap to Loro Parque, because there is no socialization possible with the dolphins in Dolfinarium, because they have herpes!! What a shame. The Dolfinarium hadn’t told the judge the first court case about it so they could keep Morgan there instead of Neeltje Jans. “
Loro Parque is where trainer Alexis Martinez was killed by Keto (a SeaWorld whale) in December of 2009. See Tim Zimmermann’s story, Blood in the Water, for more information.
In all likelihood, Morgan will end up being another breeding whale for SeaWorld. She will be bred younger and more frequently that what is normal for wild whales – she may end up with the same fate as Gudrun and Taima – both SeaWorld whales who died from complications due to difficult births. ~ Former Killer Whale trainer, Samantha Berg ~ Read Samantha’s interview here from last year about what happened with Gudren and Taima.
In addition, you can read a post here we did at The Orca Project on Morgan nearly one year ago. At that time we thought she was destined for captivity. However, after having all the evidence presented to the judge in why Loro Parque is an inhumane choice, most of us were hopeful if not certain the verdict would be for her rehabilitation. It makes one wonder why the judge made this particular ruling?
The Orca Project would like to thank all of you who fought so hard for her liberation. We also want to say, we know how passionate Free Morgan as well as Ingrid Visser Ph.D who will never stop fighting for her. This is not the end of this story. Our hearts go out to Morgan, and all who have been working so hard.