Judge Rules In Dispute Over Whale's Fate
August 3, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A killer whale will remain in the Netherlands pending further considerations of her eventual fate, a judge in Amsterdam has ruled.
Last week, the Dutch government granted an export license to the Dolfinarium in Hardewijk, where Morgan a female orca, has lived since being found in a severely weakened state in the Wadden Sea a year ago, DutchNews.nl reported Wednesday.
The Dolfinarium had intended to send the whale to an amusement park in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, but the judge’s decision has put that on hold.
The responsible government minister should conduct an investigation into what should properly happen to Morgan rather than simply accept the Dolfinarium’s decision, the judge said.
Animal activists have been campaigning for Morgan to be released into the wild.
“We want the judge to give science a chance. Independent research will show that Morgan is very suitable for release,” a spokesman for The Orca Alliance said.
Experts from the Dolfinarium have said Morgan cannot not be returned to the wild because efforts to find and identify her pod — her family — using her DNA had failed.