Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every Monday, many of us gather virtually to share our blogs. Last Monday, I planned to, but I was diverted by a horrific event that you may have heard about; fisherman in Taiji, Japan wrangled 250 dolphins up from the sea. The dolphins remained in what is famously called, The Cove, for several days while they separated babies from their mothers for a life in captivity, slaughtered some for food (despite the high mercury level in dolphin meat), then drove the rest out to sea exhausted and starving.
If you have a deep connection to dolphins, you may have watched all this happen via the livestream provided by the Cove Guardians. Perhaps you saw it on the news or in a newspaper and turned away saying, “I can’t look at this.” Maybe this is the first time you’re hearing about it.
At the end of this blog, I will provide you with links to learn more about what is going on Taiji for those who are interested. But before I do, may I introduce you to something that was shared with me recently? It’s a relatively new model that may help us adapt to the fervent growth of the human population, now over 7 billion people (in 1960 we were just over 3 billion). It’s called a Trans-Species Perspective on Nature. See what you think.
Elephants are reportedly heading to extinction. Sharks are being culled because so many of us humans now swim in the sea. Dolphins and whales are being torn from their families for a life of slavery for entertainment and economic gain. We will need to work fast and furiously to adapt to a planet with so much life on it. What changes are you making?
To learn more about the dolphin capture & slaughter in Japan:
Read: An Angel Captured in The Cove via The Dodo
Video: Piers Morgan, CNN
Watch: Award Winning documentary, The Cove
Follow: @CoveGuardians on twitter, @Dolphin_Project