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Thursday, June 16, 2011

What CAN You Do Today?

  Humans have something of a kinship with other highly-intelligent mammals, and few have the mystique of our aquatic neighbours, the dolphins. There are historical accounts of dolphins and whales rescuing both man and beast from sure death in the dangerous high seas, and many a sailor has told of the breathtaking songs of our marine cousins. We seem to adore the intelligence of our finned friends and sometimes want to get up close and personal with them.

  Our fascination with dolphins and whales has not gone unnoticed by those who wish to make a profit by any means possible. There are scores of aquariums and pools around the world that abuse these wonderful creatures for entertainment, forcing proud giants to perform demeaning acts in exchange for food. We know that large aquatic animals didn't start off as tadpoles in a backyard pond- they came from the vast open waters where they hunted and sang and swam freely until losing their battle for freedom with the cruel species inappropriately named homo sapiens sapiens. 

When you go to a resort that offers wild animals for exhibit, you should know a few things about how Flipper and his buddies got there and just how bad his future prospects are:

Over half of the dolphins that endure the trauma of being stolen from their Ocean homes die within the first three months and half of these survivors die in the next two years. Bottlenose dolphins, like the ones you see in parks and exhibits, have a natural lifespan similar to that of wild humans at about 45 years, but it's only a rare captive individual who even lives half that long. These figures are standard within an industry that doesn't care as long as a few survive to breed new victims.

Wild marine mammals often swim in excess of 50 kilometres a day in their search for food and fun. However, in captivity, they quickly begin to show signs of what we would refer to as mental illness. These highly aware creatures will bash their heads against pool surrounds, swim in circles, and attack each other. Many go blind or die from chlorine poisoning, parasites, or simply give up on life. And all of it is entirely unnecessary, but idiot humans don't seem to quite understand why someone wouldn't want to be taken from his or her home, tortured, maimed, trafficked, and forced to act like a moron whilst residing in a home 1/10000th the size of its previous one.

So what is so urgent right now that I'm bringing this to your attention again? Well, you see, they're building a Resorts World location in Singapore and in anticipation, 25 Bottlenose Dolphins were stolen from their home near the Solomon Islands and are being held captive in the Philippines. As of today, 2 of the victims have perished, and more are expected to follow in the days and weeks to come.

Well this does stink, doesn't it? But the good news is that THE Ric O'Barry has offered to help these dolphins get rehabbed and to take them back to the home they know and love, where they can catch fish and form social orders and raise their young as they always have. But the thing is that he can't do any of the awesome things that he has a lengthy background in doing unless Resorts World Sentosa gives up their sick plan to retain these beautiful, bright mammals as forced entertainers.

With such a release plan, it makes sense to give these majestic beings their homes back. We know that internet appeals have worked in the past when it comes to human issues, so let's take a minute out to unite in the defense of those who do not hold believe in greed or brutality.

Add your name to the 80, 000 others who contend that everyone wants to be free, and to rob a sentient being of his rights is wrong. Go HERE to change the world of those who look different from you, but would save your life without a second thought.

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form."  ~William Ralph Inge

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