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Morgan’s Verdict for April 23, 2014:

23 April 2014
Dolfinarium’s transfer of killer whale Morgan to Tenerife was lawful
The Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State found in its judgment of 23 April 2014 that the Minister for Agriculture acted lawfully in granting permission for Morgan the killer whale to be transferred to Tenerife. In November 2011 the Minister gave permission to the Dolfinarium marine mammal park to move the whale to Loro Parque on Tenerife. Two animal welfare groups, Dolphinmotion and Sea First, were not convinced that this was the best option for Morgan and believed she should have been released into the wild.


Morgan
The young killer whale Morgan was rescued from the Wadden Sea in a severely emaciated condition in June 2010. After attempts to lead her to open sea failed, she was brought to the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk to recuperate. At the end of November 2011 Morgan was transferred to Loro Parque on Tenerife because the Dolfinarium’s basins were too small for an animal of her size.


Satisfactory solution
The Council of State found that Morgan was lawfully moved to Tenerife because there was ‘no sufficiently realistic and satisfactory alternative’ in this case. Returning the killer whale to the ocean, as proposed by the animal welfare groups in the Morgan Release Plan, was not deemed to be an ‘alternative, satisfactory solution’ because Morgan’s native pod had not been found and she belonged to a population with a highly complex social structure. In addition, Morgan was a juvenile and it was uncertain whether she would be able to meet her own dietary needs.


Loro Parque
The Council of State also found that the Minister was entitled to give permission for Morgan’s transfer to Loro Parque on Tenerife. This marine animal park has a long history of keeping killer whales and conducts various research and educational activities. The fact that the park also carries out commercial activities does not make it unsuitable for Morgan. With regard to the animal welfare groups’ belief that Morgan is not receiving adequate treatment and care at Loro Parque, the Council noted that Morgan’s present state of health was not the subject of the legal proceedings. The question was whether it was lawful for the Minister to give permission for Morgan to be transferred to Tenerife based on the facts and circumstances in November 2011.


Legal costs
The Council of State’s judgment on appeal today upholds almost the entire judgment of Amsterdam District court in December 2012. The Council of State quashed only one formal part of that judgment, as the district court had disregarded a request by the two

Morgan’s loss is Loro Parque’s gain. Sadly, the Dutch High Courts DENIED Morgan her freedom, once again. This is unfair to her. A beautiful young orca, whose life was never suppose to be subjected to being imprisoned. Prisoned amongst other orcas, who constantly bang her, rake their teeth on her flesh, and where a sexual mature male constantly sexually harrasses her. She’s not ready to breed, yet she will be and probably soon. Her bloodline is fresh…for now.

All the work that Dr. Ingrid Visser, and countless others, went into to help her, gone.  All we can do is support her and the others, as well as Morgan as best as we can. Because at least they fought for her, they tried so hard. We can just say Thank-you, and that our hearts break along with theirs and Morgan’s.

sweet-kiska:

cetaceaninspiration:

We don’t let the killer whales kill their own fish because it’s not fair to the fish! LOL! Instead, we kill the fish and give it to them when its dead…

Is this even real? Corporate activists, you better have a damn good excuse for this idiocy…

Oh man, this trainer was about to lose her cool. She was pissed.
Also… “The whales don’t need to swim 100 miles per day because we give them their food.”
Wow, just wow. Wowowowow.

Stupid people piss me off. Sea World clearly employs people to be their sheep.

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