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Captive dolphins in the Netherlands to move to China

Plans announced by Dolfinarium Harderwijk, Netherlands that it will end its dolphin shows have turned...
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Brussels bans whale and dolphin captivity

The ban includes seals, sea lions as well as whales and dolphins and means that...
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Animal culture crucial for conservation says new research paper

WDC's Philippa Brakes, together with a number of experts working on a wide range of...

EU scientific body confirms stronger measures are needed to protect dolphins and porpoises from death in nets

The expert body that provides scientific advice to the European Commission on the management of...

Netherlands court decision keeps Morgan in captivity

WDC was today disappointed at the decision of a court in the Netherlands to uphold an earlier ruling stating that the export of Morgan, a young orca, to the Loro Parque theme park in Tenerife, Spain, was legal. Campaigners had hoped to have the decision overturned as the first step in a plan to have her returned to the wild.

Morgan was taken into care after stranding on the Dutch coast back in 2010. It was hoped that she would be returned to the wild once she had been rehabilitated but despite the advice of orca experts, instead she was kept in captivity at the Dolphinarium Harderwijk until the facility sold her to Loro Parque in 2012. 

Since then, WDC and other campaigners have attempted to use the legal process to have the decision overturned. In the meantime, Morgan’s health and well-being has suffered during her time in captivity, amidst claims by the park that she is deaf and therefore not suitable for a release programme.

More on the fate of captive orcas.

George Berry

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.