Dolphin concerns

When people go to Sea World or other aquatic shows, the dolphins often look as though they are happy or that they are smiling, when really they are just overly stressed. Dolphin activist Richard O’Barry had a very traumatic experience when the famous dolphin from Flipper committed suicide. The process for which we obtain dolphins for these shows can also be quite sickening.

After recently watching a documentary about how thousands of dolphins are getting slaughtered each year in Taiji, Japan, I began to see how horrible we as humans can really be. Fishermen were banging drums in order to move dolphins closer to a particular cove. The cove is hidden, and authorities in Taiji have it heavily guarded as they do not want anyone to see what is happening. They pick out the best before spearing the rest.

The International Whaling Commission does not officially recognize dolphins as whales. How can this be?

Smaller classes of whales are carefully monitored and observed to protect them and give them a chance to survive. How about dolphins? We need to get up off the couch and take a wide look around us. Too often we stay in our own world and don’t look broad spectrum. As Socrates said, “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”

Jeremiah M. Vance
Hastings



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