Amusement or Abusement?

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                               Amusement or Abusement?

                                    Free Morgan the Orca

 

SeaWorld did the right thing when it announced that it would stop its orca breeding program. However, there is an orca in captivity who needs to be released immediately.

 In the newest SeaWorld controversy, animal advocates around the globe are calling for the release of Morgan the Orca who beached herself for 10 minutes, which to an Orca, is the same as attempted suicide. Orcas have been known to beach themselves, but never for 10 minutes, because, without water their heavy bodies will crush their organs.

Morgan is a female orca, who was rescued by the Dolphinarium Harderwijk  in the Netherlands in June 2010. The Dolphinarium had a license to rescue her on the condition that she was released back to the ocean as soon as she recovered. That release never happened.

Within 5 weeks of her "rescue", Morgan was displayed to the public, going against the most obvious rule of Wildlife Rehabilitation: The only human contact should be to rehab the animal and release them. They should not be displayed to the general public.

From the Dolphinarium, she was then transferred to Loro Parque, a branch of SeaWorld in Tenerife, Spain, where her life now is anything but happy.

 "She has been attacked by incompatible orcas dozens of times a day, has smashed her head into a gate over and over again, and has now beached herself in absolute desperation. SeaWorld needs to release this suffering orca and the others it holds captive to a seaside sanctuary now.
 
Morgan was captured from the sea six years ago and has been fighting hard against the trials of her captivity ever since. Her behavior shows that she is frantic to get back to the ocean home that she remembers and misses," - Ingrid E. Newark, founder of PETA.

After a performance, Morgan beached herself on the side of the pool for 10 minutes, laying there while visitors left. This is a sign that Morgan should be returned to the ocean from where she came.

 Morgan was first taken in by the Harderwijk Dolphinarium after she was found swimming off the Dutch coast, ill. Harderwijk rehabilitated her, but instead of releasing her back into the ocean, she was shipped to a theme park owned by SeaWorld. 

 At that park,  she lives a miserable life. Beaching herself was only the latest harmful thing to happen to her,  as past records of her state she abnormal behaviours such as: banging her head repeatedly against a metal grate and other orcas attacking her. Also the one male, has tried to mate with Morgan, although she is only a pre-teen. The orca equivalent of sexual abuse & child marriage.

According to various photographic sources, as of December 7, Morgan has also been introduced to eleven-year-old Tekoa, the park's second oldest male. Morgan has been introduced to sixteen-year-old Keto, the park's oldest male, by being locked in a med pool with him so she couldn't escape while he tried to mate with her.

 When I was a kid, I went to SeaWorld and was captivated by the orcas doing tricks. It fostered my love for animals, and I held SeaWorld in high esteem. But then one day, I learned the shocking truth, the truth how SeaWorld orcas are treated, and it disgusted me. The theme park that I held in such high esteem, was now on my list of people who did not care about animals. 

 Morgan is one of the only SeaWorld orcas who knows what a free life is like. Her present conditions are harming her, and her beaching herself is a message to all of us saying that all of this needs to stop. Sign this petition to make sure Morgan will be released back into the ocean, where she belongs.

                                                     Free Morgan the Orca

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