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Court rules orca Morgan's removal to Spain was not unlawful

Thursday 13 December 2012

The removal of the orca Morgan to an amusement park on Tenerife was not unlawful, judges in Amsterdam said on Thursday.

An organisation of marine wildlife experts known as the orca coalition had gone to court in an effort to have the decision reversed. They argue Morgan, who was found in the Wadden Sea in a severely weakened state in 2010, should have been released into the wild instead.

The export licence for Morgan was granted on the grounds the orca would be used for educational purposes. The judge in Amsterdam said this was the case, news agency Novum reported. Nor is there any reason to think Morgan's health is in danger in the amusement part, the judge said.

Morgan's supporters argue she is constantly attacked by other orcas at the Loro Parque centre and that she is being taught to perform tricks, which breaks the terms of the export licence.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

...and so the bad ones are ruling the world furtheron. Sad Morgan, i feel so ashamed and helpless, that I am not able to do anything against it. WHEN WILL THEY START TO THINK???

By krakenspaten | 13 December 2012 4:21 PM

The last few years have showed a steady flow of corruption in the Dutch courts.Don't the UN want to talk to Rutte about it but he refused?

By jason buttle | 13 December 2012 5:04 PM

This decision is a farce! It would be a joke if it was in anyway funny....but it's not! Poor Morgan.

By shariana manning | 13 December 2012 5:27 PM

This is the third time these animal groups have failed to convince the courts. They should realise that the best move for this animal was to Loro Park. With her now been seen as deaf she can't be released.


By John Dineley | 13 December 2012 6:46 PM

I've been to the said amusement park.. well its more like a zoo, with a dolphinarium, but even so that is a small enclosure for a whale. I'd prefer to see these things in the wild, instead of a glorified swimming pool

By Martin Treadgold | 13 December 2012 7:52 PM

I can't believe it! , How can it be 'lawful' to torture and keep captive an animal for financial gain of an amusement park??? This is not in Morgan's best interest which should be the one and only consideration.
My family and I will not be holidaying on that island until the government take the correct action and free Morgan

By Corrie Foster | 13 December 2012 11:02 PM

I wonder how much these judges have been paid??? Why else would they ignore the evidence presented by experts and allow and allow unnecessary cruelty and captivity continue.... And people wonder why most of the UK citizens don't want to be part of the EU???

By Corrie Foster | 13 December 2012 11:13 PM

@Corrie: just because you don't agree with some specific judicial decision, doesn't mean they are "all corrupt". Only people with a dictatorship mentality think you either agree with them 100% of the time or you are "corrupt" or "being paid"...

By A.L. | 13 December 2012 11:33 PM

My dear Judges, if one understands as little as you in marine biology then yes, there is every reason to think that 1) Captive cetaceans performing silly tricks in a fishbowl are educational. 2) Morgan's health is just fine at Loro Parque.

Let me remind you though that over the past two and a half years, many of the World's LEADING AUTHORITIES ON ORCAS have worked almost round the clock to gather irrefutable evidence and make your decision CRYSTAL CLEAR. Yet, you have the ARROGANCE to decide otherwise. Which leads to only one very alarming and sad conclusion: CORRUPTION...

By Daniel Jost | 14 December 2012 12:20 AM

A downright disgrace !!! :-(

By ScoobyRed | 14 December 2012 10:46 AM

What an incompetent ass for a Judge, what happened to doing what is right? Seems even the Judge's brain is clouded by $$$. If the ones like this Judge who can do something about what is going on (like their job) instead of turning their backs at what is going on, there wouldn't be captivity to make a buck, skinning animals alive, killing animals so ranchers dont have to put up fences. Instead he is a part of the problem. Corruption seems to have gone from a mental illness to a fricken plague worldwide.

By Cali Cheshelski | 14 December 2012 1:45 PM

Well said Daniel couldn't have put it better myself. Of course money was involved somewhere along the line and everyone involved will hopefully get their just desserts. The fight isn't over.

By Bev Stringer | 14 December 2012 2:28 PM

For these reasons I NO LONGER contribute to WWF...Absolute disgrace, diginity for Morgan I do NOT think so. Death will be imment meanwhile he has a slow death of confinement & to be taught tricks. Haven't the goverment heard of Sea World in Florida & that is nothing more than a glorified Paying Casino. Our Oceans need the Whales. Sea Shepherds would also be horrified here. I say NOW FREE MORGAN. Freedom to the Orca what ever the fate that is dignity & this magnificant creature deserves nothing less.

By Weimar | 14 December 2012 6:50 PM

I am ashamed to be a Dutch citizen, A swimming pool is not a natural habitat for these beautiful animals. Would the judge like to live in a 1 bedroom trailer from Fema?

By Hiltje Kaal Woolsey | 14 December 2012 9:22 PM

Our species is honestly disgusting; we don't treat each other with respect, animals or mother nature herself. We should be absolutely ashamed...

By Samantha | 28 December 2012 5:40 AM

So. Lets look at the facts. Morgan is a deaf whale. That instantly rules out release into the wild, as she would be unable to fend for herself. So, the only other options are, to leave her at Loro, in the company of other whales, move her into a sea pen, alone, or kill her. The protesters do not want to deprive her of the company of other whales, so the sea pen is also out. That just leaves, Loro Park, or killing her. Your choice

By Mike | 28 December 2012 11:22 AM

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