The slaughter of my kind by Japanese commercial fishermen in the name of research is appalling. However, the way to get this barbarism to stop is NOT by attacking their ships. It is by reaching out to the Japanese people, and especially to their children, as well as to the citizens of Iceland and Norway who also still permit the hunting of whales. They must be taught that we beings are intelligent and sentient, and that to harvest us is nothing short of cold-blooded murder. In order to do this, please give your support to the many organizations who are striving to change the hearts and minds of caring people everywhere.
Closer to home, there is nothing you can do about the whales and dolphins who are already trapped in liquid prisons that you call oceanariums. But it is not too late to get the US Government to stop the capture of any more wild marine mammals for public display. Your government justifies this exemption from the Marine Mammal Protection Act by contending that public display serves educational and conservation purposes. This is wrong! To imprison us is cruel and unusual punishment. You do not tolerate it with innocent humans, then why do you allow it to be done to my kind? I urge you to write to your Member of Congress and demand that this practice be stopped. You cannot save my fellow whales and dolphins who are trapped in oceanariums now, but please help save those who currently roam wild and free in the Seven Seas.If you won’t, who will?
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I submit that there are three kinds of people in the world based on their relative position along a continuum relating to whales and dolphins, or the beings as we call ourselves. First, there are those on the extreme left who are heartsick at the slaughter of whales by Japan, Iceland and Norway. They risk their own lives attacking whaling boats. Then there are those at the far right side of the continuum who are so wrapped up in their own world that they are oblivious to the plight of the beings. And finally, positioned squarely in the middle is the third group, much larger than the other two—more sensible than the first and more sensitive than the second, but sadly uninformed. Their only exposure to my kind is at one of the liquid prisons your kind calls oceanariums, where you gawk at the beings doomed to performing stupid tricks. If this third group only realized how cruel this imprisonment is to us, they might not be so entertained.Extreme left who know everything and risk everything; far right who know nothing and risk nothing; or smack dab in the middle. So which are you? If you are not sure, go out on a whale watching cruise and then perhaps you will discover where your heart really lies.