Dolphins typically live in close knit social groups. They have their young, the young nurses for up to a couple years and then they possibly stay with their mothers/elders for up to 8 years. They are smart to the point that they have on occasion helped man (in the wild). They are sentient life forms. They are now being seen as non human persons by more than one country, but that did not stop the awful slaughter of hundreds of dolphins this year at Taiji and other places.
The truth is these pods feel exactly what we would feel if we were in the ocean with our family and all of a sudden a bunch of savages decided they were going to net us, separate us, drag some of us on to a beach and cut open our spines and let the rest of us who are captured watch. While our family lay dying on bloody shores, we are held captive and poked and prodded to see if we look as delicious as our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, grandmothers & fathers. Imagine being in this type of situation for 4 days without food or comfort, all you hear are the cries and panic of your family being slaughtered. And if you are not killed or taken, you are then forced back out into the ocean without your loving family, forced to leave the dead, dying and captured behind. Completely unacceptable behavior coming from humans you would think, especially considering this is what we call being civilized.
If that was not enough to cause as emotional stir, we are hit with the gruesome pictures coming out of the Faroe Islands. I understand tradition but I don't understand how having your children watch and take part in the violent murdering of sentient beings helps to make them an adult. This type of behavior is NOT civilized, it makes me a little sick to my stomach, and makes me a little ashamed to be part of the same race. How can we call ourselves civilized and do these things to other living things? These are creatures that feel, creatures that respond to the calls of family, creatures that have bonds with their kin. How can these people that take part in these things sleep at night?
The following is how you can make a difference from your little spot on the globe:
Sign this one right away!! Need a few more signatures ~ http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/724/210/624/
RYOT has great resources ~ http://www.ryot.org/5-ways-take-action-taiji-dolphin-slaughter/546237
Take part/ Take action ~ http://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/cove-help-save-japans-dolphins?cmpid=action-share
Save Japan dolphins ~ http://savejapandolphins.org/take-action/help-spread-the-word
Care 2 petition ~ http://www.thepetitionsite.com/5/stop-dolphin-captivity/
Dolphin project ~ http://dolphinproject.org/take-action/dolphins-in-captivity
Take action ~ http://www.ryot.org/cause/dolphin-project
I welcome comments and more so ones that contain more avenues of action. As we go along on our journey, we must consider those other creatures we share this planet with and remember the golden rule, "Be kind to everything that lives".