Nearly every day I sign a petition (or several) or send a letter to a politician or post something on this website that needs action taken or do all of the above. Today, for some reason, was a bit overwhelming. In fact, the past few weeks have felt overwhelming. There are just so many causes ... so many things that need attention and so much change that desperately needs to happen. I have broken into tears countless times after watching a video or reading a story ... my emotions are raw and I don't quite understand. I've been doing this type of work for a long time. I usually find balance, but not today. Not yesterday. It's getting to me...
Today's headlines told of more women being sentenced to death by stoning in Iran. It's a barbaric crime against humanity!! Then America's Wild Mustangs were rounded up this past weekend in Nevada by the BLM and their ignornant methods and timing killed some of the horses. The animal activists (me included) are fighting to stop these round ups. It's outrageous what's happening and how politically motivatated this stuff is.
Children are being stolen and forced into being young killing machines as soldiers in wars that shouldn't exist. More children are being sold into a life of sex slavery. Other children are forced into labor under horrendous conditions and some are dying as a result. Exotic pets are able to be owned and used for profit making and if they are abused or neglected our laws fail terribly at punishing the wrong doers.
Sighhh....... I find it hard to process all this stuff sometimes. It's hard to find that fine line between caring and carrying the burden of so much pain. I'm driven to keep this website going because it's one way I feel like I have a chance at helping. But it does feel dismal at times. I can't even get many of my Facebook friends to join in and sign things that I know they care about ... why is that? It doesn't take much time to click and sign ... It does if you have to find the causes yourself, do all the research and write and post articles... but not just to click and sign something that a friend has posted.
I signed the petition "Captivity is cruel - don't go to a show!". I'm asking you to sign this petition to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures. I care deeply about this cause, and I hope you will support our efforts. Click to get more information and sign the petition.
Here's the pledge to sign:
Dolphins have evolved over millions of years, adapting perfectly to life in the ocean. They are intelligent, social and self-aware, exhibiting evidence of a highly developed emotional sense. Here are just a few of the issues with captivity.
- Captures of dolphins are traumatic and stressful and can result in injury and death of dolphins. The number of dolphins that die during capture operations or shortly thereafter are never revealed in dolphinariums or swim-with-dolphins programs. Some facilities even claim their dolphins were "rescued" from the ocean and cannot be released. This claim is almost invariably false.
- Training of dolphins is often deliberately misrepresented by the captive dolphin industry to make it look as if dolphins perform because they like it. This isn't the case. They are performing because they have been deprived of food.
- Most captive dolphins are confined in minuscule tanks containing chemically treated artificial seawater. Dolphins in a tank are severely restricted in using their highly developed sonar, which is one of the most damaging aspects of captivity. It is much like forcing a person to live in a hall of mirrors for the rest of their life their image always bouncing back with no clear direction in sight.
Join us and pledge that you won't go to a dolphin show.
Here is a list in no particular order of captive dolphin facilities that were closed or never opened. These success stories were accomplished by ordinary people like yourself who actually showed up to protest these dolphin abusement parks. Join us and pledge that you will not go to a dolphin show or any swim-with-dolphins facility.
Here's what I added to the pre-written letter:
Birds don't belong in cages, dolphins and whales don't belong captive in tanks, and no animal should be forced into entertaining humans such as we see in circuses and road side shows. And while I'm on the subject, exotic animals belong in the wild -- not in someone's home! Exotic animals aren't intended to be domesticated. They belong free to live in their natural environment. The whole attitude towards animals needs to change. Animals should not be the property of humans for profit - period.
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