I was hoping this wouldn't be the case but it looks like it has
turned out this way, 2 sides in diametric opposition who resort
to personal attacks. emotional baiting and propaganda to defend
their positions. I think that is sad.
The great thing about ATS is that we can build bridges across
these gaps and hopefully come away more enlightened.
Some people here feel very strong emotions for dolphins, please
try and respect that. If you're a dolphin lover try to understand
that your feelings are not universal and that you are trying to
impose a cultural value that is not shared by all.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T is what I am asking of those who comment here.
This can be a sensitive subject for some. 'Nuff said.
I have been on both sides of these issues myself. I grew up in a
family with a strong hunting and fishing background. Later, I rejected
my parent's values and went to the opposite extreme - I went vegan
and participated in hunt sabotage and some other things that I
probably shouldn't mention. I came full circle back to where I do
hunt and fish again but with a different perspective - to always give
respect to wildlife and never be wasteful. I try my best to avoid any
factory farmed meat as I believe that wild game has at least had a
natural existence and is not tortured as factory farmed animals are.
Just a couple of tidbits I thought I'd throw out:
Dolphins don't "smile", their mouth is shaped for maximum efficiency
in catching fish. dolphins are a top predator.
Dolphins do attack their own species but the reason is generally
one of two things: To remove a sick member away from the pod,
or to keep a strange dolphin from joining their pod. There are also
fights over dominance in mating rights as with all other mammals.
It may take dolphins 30 years to sexually mature but some of the
larger pelagic fish like tuna take 40 years or longer to mature.
The world's fisheries are depleting at a fantastic rate and within 50
years will be gone at present harvesting levels.
Finally I would encourage everyone to find some creature in nature
that they find repulsive or think is useless and seek the beauty
within it. Know that every species is a gift to this earth and we
should show respect for all living beings. Lastly, I would encourage
all to give thanks to some outside creative force for every meal -
it was a gift from the earth to keep YOU alive and that YOU are a
gift to the planet too. Use your gift wisely.