We once lived in a time where food was scarce. If hunters were unsuccessful the village might starve. Hardships were endured. Eating what you can to survive was the reality of life.  These days, we can walk a block down the road and find ourselves midst towering halls of food. Eating meat has become a debatable topic due to a vast surplus of nutrition. Every culture has a line they draw on what is acceptable to eat. We differentiate ourselves from what we eat by our self-awareness, intelligence and language. This is how we justify our consumption of them.  If your food could speak the English language, would you still eat it? If not, why wouldn’t you?

Research of dolphin intelligence has shown the complexities of dolphin relationships are second to humans. In certain areas of the brain concerned with emotional control, objectivity, reality orientation, humor, logically consistent abstract thought and higher creativity, dolphins have a higher ratio of neural density than humans. It is theorized that dolphins have a sense of future and are self-aware. Would you kill and eat a dolphin if it knew it was going to be murdered and eaten? The Japanese are eating 23,000 dolphins a year. In places like Taiji, Japan, dolphins are herded and then picked for a life of captivity; the rejected are killed, cut up, and sold on the market.

It is wrong to eat dolphin for several logical and ethical reasons. This blog will address these reasons why and advocate a policy change by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to include and protect smaller cetaceans. The IWC needs to be more strict on whaling and to draw definitive lines that should be followed and respected internationally.

I love animals, especially dolphins. I admire their playful and kind nature. I respect their level of intelligence and believe there to be enough within these animals to consider their hunting immoral and illogical. I have always been partial to dolphins. As a kid, I would pretend to be one while swimming, Flipper was my favorite show, and going to SeaWorld was like going to heaven. Once one summer morning on the coast of Delaware, my mother and I woke to find a pod of dolphins playing off the coast.  Excited and swift we grabbed boogie boards, goggles, and flippers and jumped in the water. Timidly, we swam out near the edge of the pod. Soon dolphins were swimming around us. What happened was a moment I can only describe as bliss. The water was warm, air crisp, and I was in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Needless to say, it left an indelible impression on me.

I want to help save dolphins from a fate some people wouldn’t wish upon their worst enemy.