Ask Dolfinarium in the Netherlands to Release Morgan

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Originally Posted: 5 Oct 2010

Ask Dolfinarium in the Netherlands to Release Morgan

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)


Please contact the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk and urge them to release the young Orca, Morgan back, into the open ocean.

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

Marten Foppen
General Manager
Postbus 9114
3840 GC Harderwijk
phone +31 341-467467


This past June, a very young orca was found separated from her pod and swimming alone in the shallow Wadden Sea off the coast of the Netherlands. She appeared thin, weak and distressed. According to Reuters, she was the first orca to be found alive in Dutch coastal waters in more than 60 years.

Dutch marine mammal rescue group SOS Dolfijn captured the orca and transported her to the marine park "Dolfinarium" in Harderwijk, the Netherlands. According to original statements from the Dolfinarium, the marine park's initial plan was to release the orca (named Morgan) back into the wild as soon as she had recovered.

But now it appears that the marine park might keep Morgan in captivity and possibly ship her to a SeaWorld theme park in the US or another foreign facility, where she would suffer a lifetime of misery in a small, concrete tank. Information requests from PETA Germany on the status of Morgan's release have gone unanswered, and Dolfinarium's website states that scientists around the world are considering what the best option would be for Morgan.

The more time that passes, the more difficult it will be to release Morgan back into the open ocean - her rightful home.

Please help spare Morgan from a lifetime of captivity!

Orcas in the wild swim up to 100 miles each day. They live in large social groups and communicate among themselves. Orcas in aquariums suffer from loneliness, illness and distress. These animals can only swim endless circles in enclosures that to them are like bathtubs. They are unable to engage in natural behaviours and are forced to entertain paying customers by performing silly tricks for food.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!