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2 years ago
Orca Coalition stunned about deafness Morgan

Loro Parque and SeaWorld are preparing for a possible loss in the upcoming proceedings on the merits [of the case] in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam, 24 May 2012 – The Orca Coalition is stunned about the new bubble from Loro Parque on the health of orca Morgan. The orca is suddenly deaf. This story is similar to a strategy previously used by dolphinaria: by claiming that an animal is deaf, the animal cannot be released back into nature. The then three-year old Sully (like Morgan, a cetacean) stranded in Curaçao in 2009, and was brought back to health by a dolphinarium. After rehabilitation Sully could not be released: partially deaf, was supposed. Sully who, like Morgan is worth a fortune, now swims in captivity in a tank of SeaWorld in San Diego. The same SeaWorld that together with Loro Parque exploits ‘Orca Ocean’ where Morgan is now held captive.

“From the moment that Morgan was allegedly taken in, no independent expertise has been consulted. Everything has been left to the industry itself: whether the orca, which is worth a fortune, may return to sea, and how she is doing in Loro Parque. Loro Parque has repeatedly rejected a request from the Orca Coalition to have independent experts view the current status of Morgan, “said spokeswoman and marine biologist Barbara van Genne, of the Orca Coalition. “And now again they themselves are saying that there is something with Morgan. We actually expected this excuse to keep her in captivity, a year ago. Earlier we already heard: too young, too accustomed to people and family cannot be found. ”
Notable is that in a report by Dolfinarium Harderwijk (12 december 2010) it is noted that, “If Morgan is deaf, physically or socially unable to join peers, then a return to sea is not an option.”

The upcoming proceedings on the merits [of the case] is likely to appear in court in August. The Orca Coalition argues that orca Morgan should have been released, and probably should not even been taken out of the sea, according to international rules and regulations.

The Orca Coalition is a partnership between the Dutch wildlife conservation organizations Dolphinmotion, EDEV – Een DIER Een VRIEND –, Bite Back, PINK!, Sea First Foundation, The Black Fish and Four PAWS.


3 years ago

Thanks for the information.

3 years ago

Questions to the European Commission about Morgan

- 28-10-2011 - news

Kriton Arsenis, a member of the European Parliament for the Socialists & Democrats, has asked questions to the European Commission about Morgan. Below the questions asked:

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation has recently announced its intention to issue a certificate for the export of a young, wild-born orca (Orcinus orca) from the Netherlands to Loro Parque, a marine theme park in Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Looks like the Orca~Coalition is going to court again fighting for~ Freedom on nov. 7th in Amsterdam
3 years ago
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Case orca Morgan back to court on November 7.

HARDERWIJK - The court in Amsterdam will look into the fate of orca Morgan on November 7.

On that date the court serves both the appeal of the Orca Coalition against the transportation of Morgan to Tenerife, and the requested by the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk to transport the animal as quickly as possible.
... A spokesperson of the Dolfinarium said this on Wednesday. If the marine life park wins the lawsuit, Morgan will be transported a few days later.


Two weeks ago, Secretary of State Henk Bleker (Agriculture) gave the permission to move Morgan to Loro Parque in Tenerife. Morgan washed ashore seriously ill in the Wadden Sea 15 months ago and according to scientists she will never be able to live independently in freedom.
The Orca Coalition thinks very differently about this and want Morgan to be reunited with her possible family members off the coast of Norway. The activists believe that the Dolfinarium did nothing to try to see if the orca would be able to function on her own and blame the Dolfinarium of animal cruelty.


The Dolfinarium is required under a court order to wait until the end of November with the transportation of Morgan. But according to veterinarian Niels van Elk that is very bad for the health of the animal. The marine park therefore wants an exemption from that period.

Pending the trial as many preparations as possible are done to move the tons weighing animal.

This post was modified from its original form on 27 Oct, 2:39