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For the Dolphins of Japan

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”

(Mahatma Ghandi)

When I was in college, I wrote a research paper about dolphins. I learned that dolphins are more intelligent than dogs and cats, more intelligent than cows and pigs, maybe even more intelligent than the great apes.

I don’t eat any of these animals who feed their babies with milk from their bodies, like I fed my babies.

Dolphin culture is so different from ours. They don’t have hands so, they don’t build machines.  They don’t have technology.  Certainly not as we know it.

But they do have language and songs and love.

Young dolphins in Taiji, Japan are being captured and sold into slavery for “entertainment” after watching their family members being killed.

The Japanese fishermen say it is part of their culture to capture and kill the dolphins.

What about the culture of the dolphins?

It was once a shameful part of  American culture to capture and enslave people from Africa and other countries. We know that was horribly wrong. We know better now.

It is time for humanity to value kindness and life above profit. I pray through my anger that the people of Japan will stop this violence.

For more information:

The Intelligence of Dolphins:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH68iL5SL3g

http://www.seashepherd.org/cove-guardians/what-you-can-do.html

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