posted on May, 21 2013 @ 07:49 PM
I suppose that people have the tendency to think that because something does not look like us, it is not similar, even when it comes to something like
intelligence. But the truth is that whales live in the ocean, obviously, and their body types are a direct result of that evolution, and that has
nothing to do with their intelligence. Well maybe it has something to do with it, but not much. So it is easy for us to animalize any animal that is
not human, even though these animals are obviously intelligent to some degree.
The fact that the group cares for this whale is evidence of a social structure that is beyond what we see in many other animals. And a developed
social structure, by itself, alludes to intelligence. I agree that whales should not be hunted, plain and simple. It is cruel to kill anything,
although it is necessary at times. For humans to survive we must kill and eat animals at this point in time, but hopefully some day in the future we
will scientifically advance beyond the point of needing to kill for food. Maybe we can just take a pill or something. Or synthetic food. We already
know companies can make anything taste good with processed chemicals, so maybe the idea is not that far away. Selling it to the public however is
another story. And some chemicals are dangerous to the human body, making it less likely this will come to pass.
But I suppose we have reached this stage already, in a way. As I said, much of our food is processed anyway, not from a real animal. Or maybe from
parts of an animal. I bet we waste a lot of animal foods as well, here in the US. That just means more will have to be killed, and it is a shame.