Thursday, April 1, 2010

Darth Vader and Alien Intelligence

(Artist credit:  Eva M. Sakmar-Sullivan)

Does this sound familiar?

During the slaughter, the sea turns a deep red from injured and dying whales. Pilot whales share a sophisticated communication system and are often heard calling out for one another. Despite all indications that they experience severe physical and psychological suffering, Faroese authorities have made this astounding statement: "... the Faroese whale drive has over the years successfully adapted to modern standards of resource management and animal welfare." 

Ric O'Barry is calling the Faroe Island hunts the "Taiji of the North Atlantic."

It should be required reading, IMO, that countries such as Japan and Denmark as well as any individuals out there who hunt or otherwise abuse, torture, or harm dolphins in any way, to read In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier.
There is much research out there dating back many decades, that proves mammals belonging in the whale and dolphin families, are highly intelligent, sentient beings.  Some researchers categorize them as "alien intelligence" or "non-human persons."  It is rather unfortunate that the majority of humans are so anthropocentric and seemingly unwilling to expand their minds to consider there are, indeed, other living beings on this planet that are intelligent, of having moral standing, having their own social mores and community ties, etc.

We should all take a moment to consider that maybe, just maybe, we are not the center of the universe and that it is highly likely other species know and understand our world and/or universe in ways we could not even begin to comprehend.

You know that famous Gandhi saying: "Be the change you want to see in the world?"

Turns out one man who, sometimes labeled as the Darth Vader of dolphins, and who had hunted them for over a decade, changed his attitude after two things happened:  (1) the Sea World incident last month and (2) The Cove film.  He is planning to release the remaining 17 bottlenose dolphins back into the wild.  He has said:

...who previously believed some animals must be captive educational ambassadors for their species, is beginning to doubt the value of shows, where animals are forced to perform tricks.

“Are we really educating and providing the best representation of wild animals in an aquarium?” he asked.

The artificial, sterile environment in which most marine mammals are kept bears little resemblance to their habitat. Killer whales are likely to become frustrated, increasing the chance they will lash out."

Read more here:  Darth Vader of Dolphins

"The Cove" debate continues on and this is an interesting read from the Japanese perspective, including a response from someone involved with The Cove production.  I think you'll find it worth your while to read.  

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