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Orca Morgan to move to Tenerife, sea is too risky says minister

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Morgan, the young orca rescued last summer in the Wadden Sea is to be transferred to an amusement park on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

Junior environment minister Henk Bleker has decided it is too risky to release the animal into the wild, the AD reports on Wednesday. Campaigners had gone to court in an effort to ensure the animal would be put back in the ocean.

Bleker is quoted as saying in the AD that Morgan's supporters have been unable to convince him that release into the wild is a viable option. 'Morgan is the type of animal that needs to live in a group in order to find food,' the minister is quoted as saying.


The orca has been cared for at the Harderwijk Dolfinarium since she was found in a severely weakened state in July 2010. The transfer to Spain will take place within a few weeks.

Bleker said the Spanish authorities had assured him the Loro Parque amusement centre meets all EU standards.

Activists say Morgan will become a 'performing animal' and point out there have been several incidents involving orcas at the park, including one in which a trainer was killed.

© DutchNews.nl

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There is a detailed, scientific rehabilitation plan for Morgans gradual release to the sea. World renowned orca research scientist Dr Ingrid Visser gave evidence supporting Morgans release in court. Yet in the face of scientific evidence & testimony, the Government rule that Morgan is better of in a Spanish zoo that has a badly adjusted group of captive orca- one of whom killed his trainer! Morgan could roam 100km a day in the wild, yet will be confined to a concrete tank forever. One can only assume the Government have received a big pay off by Seaworld & therefore are entirely corrupt. What a disgusting example of greed at the expense of a highly intelligent young orca. Despicable!

By ELLIE FAIRFAX | October 14, 2011 2:55 PM

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