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Save the wild whales, too

Protesting the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) has once again become newsworthy.

Many people are attracted to aquariums by these highly intelligent creatures. Compassion for whales and dolphins has come about because millions of people have witnessed the “playfully entertaining” relationship they have with their trainers. The more exposure ordinary people have to whales and dolphins, the more precious these animals become.

Although captive whales and dolphins have lost their freedom, the world’s wild cetaceans have much to gain if motivated people focus their energy on banning the international “harvesting” of these magnificent marine mammals.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been challenging commercial whalers on the high seas for years.

Until recently, the Japanese government steadfastly defied the International Whaling Commission by claiming whales were only being killed for research.

Every year Japanese coastal fishermen butcher thousands of Dall’s porpoises, along with dolphins, pilot whales, and false killer whales.

In addition to demanding the release of the cetaceans currently in captivity, protesters should be also insist on a permanent halt to the Japanese slaughter.

Are there any media-savvy protesters ready to sponsor a boycott against Japanese products to force their government to stop the killing?

 

Lloyd Atkins

Vernon

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