Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) are incredibly intelligent animals with complex methods of communication and strong family bonds. Sadly, due to their high intelligence, cetaceans have long been exploited by humans for use in “entertainment” and forced to perform unnatural tricks in exchange for food in front of noisy crowds. One of these unfortunate cases involves a female orca named Morgan who is barely surviving in captivity at the Loro Parque tourist attraction in the Canary Islands.

According to a petition on Care2, Morgan recently attempted suicide by beaching herself on a concrete slab. Likely suffering from zoochosis, she was seen repeatedly thrashing her head against a metal gate and chewing on concrete prior to this incident. The petition states that the other orcas at Loro Parque have not accepted Morgan into their pod and they regularly attack and bite her, leaving her covered in wounds and marks. The young whale, who marine mammal experts say is not old enough for breeding, is kept in a tank with a grown male orca who makes sexual advances on her. The petition states Morgan’s cries for help during all these attacks have gone ignored by trainers and other park personnel.

No living creature deserves a life like Morgan’s, and it is time she is released to a sea pen sanctuary where she can swim freely without being attacked and eat without having to perform tricks.

Please take a moment to sign this petition voicing your opinion and demanding a better life for Morgan. And please share this with your network as a reminder why wild animals belong in the wild, not in captivity to be abused and neglected in the name of “entertainment.”

Image Source: Terabyte / Wikimedia Commons