Dear Friends of Wildlife
Morgan the young female wild-caught orca could spend the rest of her life in captivity. That’s the reality behind the verdict of the Dutch court presiding over an application for her release, delivered today (Wednesday 23rd April 2014).
The Court determined that even though Morgan had been found in a state of near collapse in the North Sea and had been brought to a facility in Holland to recover and to potentially be released, that her transfer to a commercial display facility in Tenerife was legal.
But that doesn’t make it right.
Morgan should be given the chance to go back to the wild or, at the very least, she should be given the opportunity to be the first resident in a yet-to-be-created orca rescue centre. In my view, she should not be put on display and made to perform. She should not be the helpless target of aggression and bullying, meted out to her by the other captive orca in their tiny artificial world in Tenerife.
Undoubtedly, the captive industry regards Morgan as extremely important to their future. She is ‘new blood’ – a wild orca, a female, young. She is reportedly insured for US$10 million.
Is there hope? There is always hope.
The Free Morgan Foundation, The Born Free Foundation and our supporters everywhere will look and search and investigate to find the compelling arguments that could change Morgan’s life for the better. We will examine the judgement handed down today. We will assess the role that the tourist industry has to play in sustaining these captive display facilities. We will review international regulations governing the movement of wild animals……… but it is not all high-level stuff. Her future may depend on decisions made by individual people – the people who currently buy tickets to see the ‘show’. Each of them has a choice, to buy the ticket and sustain a business built on the exploitation of wild animals or to spend their money somewhere else.
I know what I would choose. Don’t buy that ticket!
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