Will SeaWorld Gain Control of the Young Orca Whale Rescued in Holland? What About the Rights of Dutch Citizens?

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There is something deeply soul satisfying, deeply human, about rescuing animals that need our help.  This capacity to empathize with other species represents what is good about being human, yet science has shown that it is not uniquely human – a good example of this is the remarkable relationship we have with dolphins, known to save us from drowning and to protect us from shark attacks.

Notice the dorsal fin of this whale's mother just beyond the breakers. No human has been intentionally harmed by a wild orca, ever. This rescue took place in New Zealand (Photo from fishnlog)

The recent discovery that cetaceans have a special type of cell (called a spindle cell) previously found only in humans and the great apes implies that they are sentient and feeling as well because, those cells are associated with our deeper emotions and social bonds.
Yet inevitably, sooner or later when the best interest of an animal conflicts with human greed, the wealthy and powerful of this planet try to run rampant over the will and rights of the average citizens, citizens who pass laws, donate money, and tax themselves to protect what is left of wild populations. It is another example of 99% of humanity having to stand by and watch 1% profit from our good intentions.
And now, according to the Dutch News, the junior environmental minister of The Netherlands has decided that it is too risky to attempt to release the rescued orca Morgan back into the wild. At this point the whale is again slated to be sent to an amusement park in a Spanish island chain off the coast of Africa, where she will live in the company of some of SeaWorld’s killer whales at Loro Parque.
But Loro Parque’s orcas are actually owned by SeaWorld, they have no orcas of their own.
In essence, SeaWorld will get a whale worth millions to them, and the Dutch people will get nothing, they will not get the satisfaction of having returned her to the wild, nor will they be able to see her because she will be living in a Spanish island amusement park, a park that is designed to show parrots. (Loro Parque means ‘parrot park’).
It is time to help the people of Holland gain ownership of the good deed they did in rescuing Morgan.  Please help support Morgan’s legal defense to give her a chance to live with her family again. 
Contact the Dutch nonprofit group, The Orca Coalition for more information.  Time is short for Morgan.

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