I watched Oprah's Earth Day special this year (and last year - remember the garbage swirl twice the size of Texas?!). After watching these shows, I am always motivated to do my part. Yes, sometimes that motivation wanes, but for the most part, I remain green throughout the year (confession: my showers can run a bit long). Whether or not you believe in global warming, you must admit, our earth is a gift and we should take care of it. It seems pretty simple.
The shows that really get me are the ones where I see that animals are being affected by our carelessness or, as the case may be much of the time, our downright evil ways. An animal has died because it ingested a plastic bag, an animal is being strangled by those plastic six-pack things (didn't your Mother tell you to cut them up?!?). My Mom and I are of the same mold--she sees an amazing animal story, she calls me. She reads an amazing animal e-mail, she forwards it to me. Nothing gets the tears pumping like a good animal story... or a bad one. I have even claimed before, don't be offended, that I like animals more than people. While there is some hyperbole there, the point is this: for the most part, animals have an instinct to protect, to love, and to do right. Yes, some must kill to survive, but they don't torture, take pleasure in another's pain, or kill needlessly (at least, not that I'm aware of). Could I say the same of humans? Heck no. Remember Michael Vick? Or how about puppy mills? How about the kid with the cats and the fireworks? Whether or not you clicked those links, you get my point. Humans don't always have the instinct to protect. In fact, quite opposite for some. Torturing something without a voice obviously brings some sort of satisfaction to many (I'm getting angry just talking about it!). On the flip-side, remember the story of the kidnapped and beaten girl in Ethiopia who was protected by lions?! Yes, by lions! People were abusing her, and lions protected her! If that doesn't scream that we have a problem, I don't know what does.
Now, stay with me. The reason I'm writing this is the dolphins. The Cove was an Oscar-winning documentary this year. I haven't seen it, but I've seen enough on Oprah that my heart hurt. It seriously hurt. It was devastating. In Taiji, Japan, there is a cove that is hard to get to and protected on three sides by cliffs. Here is where the dolphins swim in, and here is where the water runs red (literally) because they are trapped and speared by the Japanese. Here's an idea:
And here's the trailer:
I really don't intend to make this blog a place for my politics about anything, but I just felt too strongly about this to not share it, and as someone with a voice, I feel somewhat responsible. If you'd have seen the footage, I know you'd feel the same way. So, here are two sites where you can do something, anything (even just signing your name to a petition).
Save Japan Dolphins.
Now, am I being a hypocrite because I still enjoy a good burger sometimes?