After news broke that a Dutch court ruled Morgan, the wild-caught orca held at a marine park in the Canary Islands, wouldn't be freed, outraged reactions have been cropping up around the internet. We asked orca experts and advocates for their reactions to the ruling:
Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the CNN documentary "Blackfish," said:
This is a story that could have ended remarkably. But SeaWorld's tentacles stretch far and wide. This decision is based on fiction. We were in the Netherlands when they matched her vocalizations with a Norwegian killer whale pod. Local law required her to be returned. But the Dolphinarium was working closely with SeaWorld and SeaWorld needs fresh DNA for their breeding program. So they moved her to Loro Parque to be part of SeaWorld's "collection." She's not faring well at all.
Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist and orca expert with the Animal Welfare Institute, said that the decision is likely "the result of pressure brought to bear on the court by corporate interests than any objective application of the law."