There is a reason why the killer whales who perform at Sea World are given the stage name “Shamu.” It’s a trick used to keep patrons from realizing when one whale dies and is replaced in the show by another. Killer whales die quite often at Sea World. And sometimes people die, too. These passings are the subject of David Kirby’s “Death at Sea World: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity.”
Killer whales are neither killers nor whales. Orcinus orca is a member of the delphinidae family, a dolphin. Through all of recorded history—the first account of orcas comes from Pliny the Elder, circa 77 A.D.—they have presented little threat to humans. In fact, as marine biologist Naomi Rose explains to Mr. Kirby, “no killer whale has ever been reported to have killed a human in the wild, or even seriously injured a human in the wild, and no killer whale has ever been known to be killed in a fight with another whale. All three of those things have happened in captivity.”
∞ “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” ~ Alice Walker
∞“Where there is a mind, there are feelings such as pain, pleasure, and joy. No sentient being wants pain: all wants happiness instead.” – Dalai Lama
∞“And those who dismiss love for our fellow creatures as mere sentimentality overlook a good and important part of our humanity. But it takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal. And it is actually within us to grant them a happy life and a long one.” – Joaquin Phoenix | EARTHLINGS
Definition of COMPASSION
: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it
Your health is not about you. It’s about your children, your grandchildren and those who love you. You can go vegan for them or you can be selfish and self-centered by having another slice of meat on your white bread.