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A Human Issue

It is often said that the killing of dolphins in Taiji and whales in Antarctic waters is a matter for the Japanese to handle.  Similarly, the Danes say that the people of the Faroe Islands must decide to stop killing pilot “whales” (which are actually large dolphins).  These may seem apt excuses, and may even seem to make sense, given a perfunctory glance.  But such boundaries and distinctions are artificial, man-made, and ultimately invalid.

This is the amazing transformation performed by whaling

Whaling turns this majestic being into this corpse, and they don’t even need the meat.

The killing of dolphins and whales is not a matter of national sovereignty, any more than human rights are a state-by-state issue.  This is a HUMAN behavior; humans are doing these killings, so it is up to we humans to police ourselves, regardless of what nationality those humans may give themselves.  Wherever such slaughters may be happening, it is up to fellow humans to stop it.

Just as we oppose slavery, torture and murders put upon fellow humans, we must fight against slavery, torture and killings done by fellow humans.  Similarly, it is incumbent upon us, it is our obligation, to stop humans from polluting and destroying the oceans, no matter where they may be while doing so.

When China’s manufacturing pours toxic chemicals into the rivers that eventually dump those chemicals into the sea, we have permitted it by not stopping it.  In fact, we have endorsed it (a little at a time) by buying those products made in that filthy fashion.  We may not like having such a responsibility thrust upon us, but the plain truth is that when we do not  do everything within our power to stop it, we become culpable as well.

If someone were to set up a floating base in the middle of the Pacific, far from any nation’s boundaries, and begin pouring acid into the waters there, would we allow it?  Do we allow humans to develop or discharge nuclear weapons as we please?  There is ample precedent; we have both the right and obligation to control ourselves, our fellow humans.  Our destruction of the oceans’ waters and her inhabitants is not a national issue.  It is a human issue, and it is up to us to fight it — tooth and nail — wherever it may occur.

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  1. Jennifer Harris says:

    What is the update on this? What can we do to stop this? I have seen many petitions on line but assume this is still happening and it has not been stopped. The United States get involved all the time but this is a matter of protecting the earth and the animals on this planet. This really pisses me off and I feel like the people that participate and even watch should all be shot-I mean they have to be sociopaths to allow this to continue. How can you not be somewhat crazy to allow this??

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  2. Jennifer Harris says:

    Have we tried a petition to the United States president? How about neighboring countries of Denmark or to the new Prime Minister of Denmark? —Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Danish pronunciation: [?h?l? ?to??ne? ?smed]; born 14 December 1966)[1] is a Danish politician and the current Prime Minister of Denmark. She has been leader of the Danish Social Democrats since April 2005 and prime minister since October 2011.

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  3. Jennifer Harris says:

    Do you have a page on Facebook-we can do a lot with Facebook…..that is how I saw a picture of this but unless we tell people to “do” something then the picture will just travel around facebook and people will be sad but nothing will be done.

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