Release Morgan the Orca Back into the Wild
  • Petitioned Harderwijk Dolfinarium

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Harderwijk Dolfinarium
Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, and Innovation

Release Morgan the Orca Back into the Wild

    1. Petition by

      R E

      Minneapolis, MN

In June 2010, a young orca whale was found stranded in Dutch waters. The whale, now called Morgan, was sent to the Harderwijk Dolfinarium for rehabilitation. 

Morgan was given a clean bill of health in July, but the Harderwijk Dolfinarium announced on December 2010 that they do not plan to release Morgan back into the ocean. From August until October, the Dolfinarium kept Morgan on public display, and Morgan proved to be a star attraction. 

Morgan doesn't belong in captivity. A female orca can live up to 90 years in the wild, yet captive orcas often die before they reach 30 years of age. The decision to keep Morgan in captivity is dangerous to her health and well-being. 

Sign the petition to tell the Harderwijk Dolfinarium and the Dutch government that Morgan should be returned to the wild. 

Photo Credit: *christopher*

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Progress! Judge Rules in Favor of Morgan the Orca

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      A young orca who was taken captive last June off the coast of the Netherlands received her first glimpse of freedom last week, thanks to the diligent work of the Free Morgan Group, the Orca Coalition and growing pressure from advocates.
      Morgan had...

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Morgan the Captive Orca Gets a Lawyer

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      A few months ago, Annie Hartnett brought you the story of Morgan, a young orca who had been found stranded and was being held at the Harderwijk Dolfinarium. More than seven months and thousands of supporters later, Morgan is still waiting in her...

    6. Conservationists Campaign for Morgan the Orca's Release Back into the Wild

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      If there are two things I love, it's celebrity marriages and baby killer whales. So while I'm absolutely devastated over Scarlett Johasson's and Ryan Reynolds' announcement to split, it's a small comfort to me that their documentary The Whale, about...

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    • stewart loeblich FT LAUDERDALE, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      'Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster... When you look long into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.' -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) Careful... to quote the Dalai Lama 'you have to take countermeasures..' when queried about his view on death of Bin Laden

      Personally I also do not forgive nor forget the wrongs of man but seek to counter them with all available means at my disposal... .. 'You must be the change you want to see in the world' Mohandas K. Gandhi Thanks to all who have signed! "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated... I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man" -- Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948) Teach your children well... Stephen Stills "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it...always." — Mohandas K. Gandhi

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    • Rachel Barton NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      There is no reason good enough not to release Morgan

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    • jessica ward BUSINESS, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      because it is the right thing to do for the animal, she is not a money making scheme! she deserves the chance to be free unlike so many that will never have that chance.

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    • Grace U. CHARLOTTE, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      When someone goes to the hospital and gets better they go home, let Morgan go home too!!!!!!

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    • Patricia Betty ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Animals are not frak shows for humans. It was people with your mentality who kept "The Elephant Man". Let this animal go, it has as much right to be free as you do.

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