|S'okay. We will get our comeuppance. Eighteen winners of the Blue Planet Prize released a report today|
warning humanity that we are in overshoot, face an unprecedented emergency and have no choice but to
take dramatic action if we are to avert the collapse of civilization.
I saw an interview with former dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry who, like Jacques Cousteau, had an epiphany and reformed from hunter to a life-long passionate protector of wildlife. When I googled for more information I came to the movie "Lolita, Slave to Entertainment." I'm going to post all the sections from youtube about this captive Orca below so you can watch this amazing documentary here on the blog.
My favorite quote is when O'Barry, who has been battling corporations and politicians for decades says, scornfully, "People are under the impression that the National Marine Fisheries Service are there to protect the animals. The fact is, they are a regulatory agency. They issue permits." Now that succinctly expresses exactly the contempt deserved by other government agencies, chief among them, the FDA, USDA and their subsidiary the Forest Service, the Interior Department, and the EPA, who are supposed to be protecting trees and the environment and instead issue rules, regulations and permits...mountains of them - anything but actual protection!
For those so motivated, at the very end is embedded the first segment from The Cove, another documentary, about dolphins. You can follow it to youtube where links to subsequent episodes are listed on the right.
Also, today by coincidence I saw on Apocadocs that a report was just published by scientists and philosophers asserting that whales, dolphins and porpoise are so intelligent and sophisticated and emotionally empathetic, that they deserve the same rights as humans. If you watch either one of these movies you will have to agree they are at least as deserving a species, if not far more. And then maybe add a few other animals as well.