Category: Sympathy


Goals

So what to do now? If the information presented is enough for you there are things you can do. If the information wasn’t enough please try and research a little more to better inform yourself. To further research and/or find ways to be active about this please visit these sites:

BlueVoice.org – Blue Voice is a leading organization that advocates and informs the public on this exact topic and more. They present many ways to become active. Many as easy as writing a letter or visiting a local function.

SurfersForCeteceans.com – Surfers for Cetaceans is committed to activating ocean-minded people everywhere to support the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and marine life. It’s through compassion, awareness, education, media and dedicated interventions that they will use to accomplish this goal.

Ideally, I would like to see an end to the murder of all these cetaceans on the basis that the most of them are poisonous to us and therefore have no legitimate use as food. Also, because these animals are extremely intelligent. They are the closest animals on the planet that share our abstract thought, intelligence, communications abilities, etc. We are still in the process of decoding their world and the implications of this reality. Japan must stop their drive hunting in Taiji, as this is a main location for this happening. The International Whaling Commission must protect smaller cetaceans as they protect the larger ones. The International Whaling Commission must be more strict on their policies and demand more from the constituents who make up the commission. We must all be more aware of our impact and implications we have on each other, animals, and our world. I see change happening. I see awareness rising.  Include yourself in the new world of compassion, higher thought and understanding.

Dolphin Cruelty

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.