Wow…the human race actually moves ahead! It’s happening in Bolivia. One can only hope that many more countries will follow this example and outlaw animals in circuses. It would be nice if a country as “advanced” as the United States could do this, but I know that as long as animal-centric circuses keep on makin’ money, they’re not going to outlaw SQUAT. Still… one can dream.
I’m anxious to see The Cove. I’m fully aware that it’s going to be upsetting to watch, but I’m not afraid. After all, my first memories that involved being outraged with the way humans treat animals was watching a documentary on this very subject with my Dad when I was in kindergarten. Over the years, I drift around with different animal compassion/ conservation issues, but this one always circles back for me and I get all pissed about this senseless killing all over again. I don’t think it’s a bad thing that I get pissed. Sometimes I want to be pissed. It reminds me of the importance of staying true to yourself, and how being outraged means you care deeply about something. I’d much rather care deeply than be numbed by the moronic drone of daily life. Passion fuels action, and God knows I could use a little more action to help me yank myself out of my depression.
I don’t understand why it is that Asian cultures are the ones most likely to be cruel and senseless in their slaughter of animals. The whole whaling thing is a perfect, classic example. The rest of the world is clearly thinking, “WFT, Japan?” and yet they continue to go whaling while lying their brains out about the importance of their “lethal research.” Weird that the best way to determine the health of fish stocks is to see how many of them wind up dead inside a whale’s digestive tract. I would have thought it might be a little more based on real-life tracking, studies of ocean temperature and pollution and the effects of overfishing rather than using the dead stomachs of whales to figure this out. Japan: you might make great cars, but you suck at conservation, science and basic common sense. Get with the program.
The dolphin cull is the same damn thing. Only this one is more secretive, more of a shameful embarassment. They should be ashamed. They’re doing something absolutely barbaric. Think about what kind of person you’d have to be, to be one of those guys who rides out on the boat with a spiked club and some machetes, and swings down hard into the soft tissue of a young dolphin’s head. HOW could you actually go through with such an act and be OK with it?! What happens to a person to make them so desensitized to life? What pleasure does one attain from taking the life of another creature? I don’t think normal, healthy people would be able to do this. I might sound like I’m just a bigot against other peoples’ cultures, but I seriously can’t understand the way their minds work when they do things like this. It just seems evil. Subhuman. You can appreciate your heritage, your culture, but damn– don’t be dicks about it.
For example, the Native Americans used to hunt buffalo, wolves, etc… and it is definitely part of their heritage. And Native Americans today still celebrate this. But they’ve evolved and realize they can honor their ancestors, their old way of life, by REMEMBERING and celebrating; dancing and having ceremonies. They don’t have to go out and kill a bunch of buffalo or whales in 2010. They know that those animals are not plentiful anymore, and they never killed in ways that they knew to cause extreme suffering.
If all cultures continued to celebrate the things from their past that have since been proven to be unnecessary, inhumane, unsustainable or just plain harmful to the only planet we’ve got… then we might still have actual slavery. I mean, that was a way of life. An entire culture. So who’s to say that someone who was raised in the South and has ancestors that were slaveowners shouldn’t honor their past and keep doing what their family has done for generations, out of respect for their culture? What’s wrong with that? And anyone who came in from the outside who tried to tell them they were wrong to keep doing such a heinous thing– why, those outsiders would be bigoted, culturally-insensitive bullies to insist they stop honoring their culture!
Sometimes I think people hide behind their safe “culture” shield so they can keep doing things that are actually not in their best interest anymore. Japan’s not doing itself any favors by continuing to whale, continuing to do this dolphin cull in Taiji… the rest of the world is not pleased with them for doing this stuff and I’d bet that tourism, for one, is down. I know I’d never have the stomach to go to Japan, personally.
But why would people keep doing these things, then? Maybe it’s a certain machismo thing. Maybe it’s their personal way to extert power and ultimate control over the world. They really might enjoy smashing in another animal’s skull. Actually, really get excited by it. Stoked. Adrenaline pumping, they might feel like gods as they swoop down, all HUMAN and POWERFUL with our WEAPONS and take lives indescriminately. I think of those whaling ships as nothing but huge, floating dicks that Japan’s using to fuck the ocean. What better way to prove your virility than to kill?!
Ghandi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Well, I aspire to one day live in a truly great global nation. And I will never stop trying; I’ll train my children to never stop trying, either.
Now let’s start relatively small, following Bolivia’s example: let’s see if we can run Ringling Bros. out of business! Don’t buy tickets to that crap. Please.
And don’t eat whale meat. 🙂