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Friday, January 7, 2011

Dolphin cognitive abilities raise ethical questions, says Emory neuroscientist

To read an article at the website entitled, "Dolphin cognitive abilities raise ethical questions, says Emory neuroscientist" please click on the following link:

Within this article you will find the following statement: "Dolphins are sophisticated, self-aware, highly intelligent beings with individual personalities, autonomy and an inner life. They are vulnerable to tremendous suffering and psychological trauma,".

"The growing industry of capturing and confining dolphins to perform in marine parks or to swim with tourists at resorts needs to be reconsidered, she says."

As human we have no right to subject dolphins or any other form of life to this type of suffering and trauma. Shows involving dolphins,created for human enjoyment should not be allowed to continue, nor should dolphins be allowed to be kept captive. At the present time in the waters off of the coast of Taiji Japan, the Japanese are engaging in the slaughter of dolphins and dolphin families.

"The dolphin drive hunt in Taiji, Japan, takes place every year from September to April. According to the Japanese Fisheries Research Agency, 1,623 dolphins were caught in Wakayama Prefecture in 2007 for human consumption or resale to dolphinariums, and most of these were caught at Taiji.The annual dolphin hunting provides income for local residents, but has received international criticism for both the cruelty of the dolphin killing and the high mercury levels of the dolphin meat." (source: ).

These disgusting Japanese think they have the "right" to kill these dolphins each year. I say, what right do you have? These dolphins deserve the right to live in their family units just as we humans do. The World needs to launch a massive boycott against the Japanese for the sake of this dolphin society! Please stop buying Japanese products. If we hit the Japanese in their pocketbooks, maybe they will think twice about engaging in the intentional and deliberate murder of another species of life. These Japanese are no better than any other human who would kill another person or life form."Most of the dolphins corralled into the cove during the hunts are killed and processed for meat, but some specimens are sold live to aquariums. Japan allows the killing of about 20,000 dolphins a year and claims the hunts are an important part of the nation's culture and tradition." (source: 

I know for a fact that the meat from these dolphins cannot be consumed because it is so full of toxic chemicals as a result of the behavior of the Japanese population! Cultural considerations and "tradition" can be altered by these Japanese.How ironic it is that in World War 2 captured Allied prisoners were viewed as inferior by the Japanese due to the fact that these prisoners chose to surrender rather than die in battle. Now we see which race of people in our World are  truly inferior: it is the Japanese, because of their selfish slaughter of these dolphins, whales and other species of animals. What kind of a culture would emphasize the slaughter of another life form like the Japanese culture does? Only an inferior one! Dolphins and Whales have been found to be two  of the most intelligent life forms on this planet, and all the Japanese who are killing these animals are doing is setting the entire world against Japan! Why do these Japanese even go as far as to cover up the killing area of these dolphins with tarps so that the media cannot watch and film this awful mass murder?  According to the website, 

activist Ric O’Barry claims, .... that he was told in private by town officials that tradition is not the real reason for the hunts. “It’s pest-control; they’re over-fishing and want to kill the competition for the fish. That’s unacceptable. These animals don’t have Japanese passports, they belong to the world. They’re just trying to get around this town and these 26 guys.” He calls the town ‘schizophrenic.’ “It’s as pretty as a 1950s postcard and the people are so friendly, but this secret genocide takes place every year.” Here is a link to a video which shows what goes on each year in Taiji

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.