Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Topic Near and Dear to my Heart

I rarely write things that are super serious on here, but I couldn't NOT write on this topic once I was made aware of this information.

If you know me at all personally, you know that I have a wild mild obsession with dolphins. I've always been fascinated with them since I can remember. I am totally the person who saw a book about dolphins and immediately bought it or checked it out from the library.

When I've gone to the dolphin shows, I sit there like a little kid, super excited and enraptured with the amazing creatures that are before me.

The day I got to swim with dolphins was one of the highlights of my life. It was something I'd said I had wanted to do forever, and when the day came I could barely believe I was there. I got another chance to have a "close encounter" with a dolphin when I was in the Bahamas with a friend. Both of these times were magical experiences for me, and grew my love of these guys even further.

I even made MG go with me to see Dolphin Tale early in our relationship (if that's not love, I dunno what is) haha.

When talking to a friend, my dolphin love came up, and he mentioned that I had to see the documentary called The Cove. I immediately asked if it was going to make me cry and he said "Probably."

So, even though I knew it was going to be sad, I also knew that I had to watch it. And I sobbed.
(If you haven't seen it, you can watch it here.)

There is a dolphin massacre happening in Taiji, Japan. Fishermen lure these dolphins into a cove where dolphin trainers can come to select which dolphins they will take with them to use in their shows like at SeaWorld. The dolphins that don't get selected are then killed, brutally, in masses. Babies, mothers, it doesn't matter. And then this meat, which is full of mercury (contaminated with WAY higher than acceptable levels of mercury), is then sold in markets. Sometimes masked as other, more high-end meats, just hidden within.

My heart broke watching this documentary. These dolphins were murdered horrifically by stabbing them repeatedly with harpoons, while they are all trapped, in a frenzy, creating a sickening sea of blood. Honestly, I would be upset that they were being killed even if it was being done humanely, but what was done here was completely horrific. This was nothing that could come close to being called "humane." All of this is being done in the name of money. And being hidden by these people as ways to stop  the"pests" of the ocean from eating the fish.

Dolphins are amazing creatures. They are intelligent, playful, protective animals with incredibly powerful healing spirits. They are not the ones destroying our oceans. Humans are. And these dolphins are paying the price.

Why anyone would want to brutally murder these animals is beyond me. Please, go to this site and sign the petition to help end this cruelty. They are at 99% and only have 7 more days to reach the number of signatures they need. These animals don't have a voice--but we do. Let's do something to help them.
Please.

12 comments:

  1. This broke my heart. I don't understand how anyone could kill these sweet and peaceful animals. It's sick. I signed the petition. I also did some research on it and found Rick O'Barry's website - they have a blog that they update almost daily on what's going on in Taiji (and around the world). You can read it here if you're interested in keeping up with this topic: http://savejapandolphins.org/blog/ (For me, it was just good to know that something is actively being done to protect these sweet mammals).

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    1. Thank you for signing the petition!

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  2. i signed the petition though i couldn't bring myself to watch the documentary (i know i'd be sobbing too, and im at work LOL)

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  3. Awwwww way sadface :(!

    Save the dolphins!

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  4. That documentary was one of the most powerful I have ever seen -- cried so much but learned so much

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  5. i haven't seen the documentary. dont think i ever will. but at least these animals have someone to speak for them {you} and Flipper. Flipper is da man.

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  6. Hey beautiful, I feel the same way. I read about this movie a while back, and I knew I could never watch it. Just reading it would make me sick to my stomach. Would you mind if I share a link to your post on my animal advocacy blog?

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    1. PLEASE share it!!! Share it anywhere and everywhere!!

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  7. PS - I signed the petition, Tweeted and Facebooked. ;-)

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  8. Signed it :) Thanks for sharing this, I had heard about The Cove but didn't know what it was about!

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