Just Let Me -- G -- Indoctrinate You!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It's About Living Within Our Own Right Thing

Dear America,

don't you just love people -- especially people for the ethical treatment of animals -- also known as PETA.

Now I am an animal lover.  Big time.  I would save every animal I could -- be it from bondage, cruelty, starvation, you name it, I would save it. But this lawsuit?  seriously?

Papers are expected to be filed, today, in San Diego, claiming that five Orcas -- and listed by name: Tilikum and Katina based at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., and Corky, Kasatka and Ulises based in San Diego -- are subject to the same rights as humans and thereby protected under the 13th Amendment (for, if you haven't read it lately, the amendment does not limit it's protections to just people).  

"By any definition, these orcas are slaves—kidnapped from their homes, kept confined, denied everything that's natural to them and forced to perform tricks for SeaWorld's profit..." according to Jeff Kerr, PETA's general counsel -- who also happens to have a team of five lawyers under retainer to fight for the orca five (and having already spent 18 months preparing for the case!)     
       hmmmmmmm wonder how PETA donors feel about this use of funds?

So this must be just about getting some free press, or donations, or something?  Whatduhya think?

I mean, c'mon, isn't this what we have done with every family pet in the world?

While considering the season and all, I have a confession.  There have been times -- not every time, mind you -- but if we are gonna be honest here -- there have been times when I have made my dog do a trick without getting a treat....he got nothing, nada, zippo....at best, an "attaboy".  Please.  I beg of you.  Please don't tell BooBoo that this lawsuit lives in San Diego.

And -- if we go there -- which I guess it's where PETA is begging for us to go -- then every farm animal known to man should be jumping on this chuck wagon in only a matter of time.  And then we've got circus animals to address...pet shops...and actually, even the safari adventures in Africa need to have a talking to -- calling upon them to immediately cease profiting off of the wild animals and offer vacations on the savannah for free.  

And why just the orcas?  Are not the dolphins and walrus' people, too?  

And why just Sea World?  Why not attach every zoo in the nation, if not the entire world?

But for the record, "under prevailing U.S. legal doctrine, animals under human control are considered property, not entities with legal standing of their own. They are afforded some protections through animal-cruelty laws, endangered-species regulations and the federal Animal Welfare Act, but are not endowed with a distinct set of rights."  and feel free, you can read more about all this stuff here.

Kerr addresses the involuntary servitude issue against history by adding this -- "The historical context is undeniable, but that's not what this case is about. It's about the orcas in their own right, not whether they are or aren't similar to humans." 

It's all about the orcas "in their own right."   

okay, fine. 
so again, what about dogs -- being "in their own right," right? 

Would not this very condition and experience  -- looking much like a life anchored in being "in their own right" -- pretty much allow them to be born free and live free and die hard without any human care and intervention of any kind?  Wouldn't our world literally look like, and feel like, it has gone to the dogs?  And what gives one animal, like the orca, more rights than another?

 wow.  he ain't heavy, he's my orca, dude.

Be it Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka and Ulises...from circus elephants to the pet pooch....let's be clear -- they are all animals.

And because humans care, and think deeply about the welfare of others -- including but not limited to all animals -- we do our best to live and work and play with animals with care.  Besides the evidence on film via Whale Wars, there was a time when whales were hunted openly -- and without a second thought or a conscience limiting this avenue stream for profit at all.

Matter of fact, much of the education supporting  the proper welfare of animals from the sea, have come directly from programs and outreach through businesses like Sea World.  Through rehabilitation efforts, and actions in the protection of endangered species, the general welfare of animals by Sea World (and many other community aquariums and facilities) -- especially the orcas -- speaks for itself.  [and how about the back story of that new Hollywood movie, Dolphin Tale...is that profiting off of somebody profiting off of a broken tail? and did they have to go to Morgan Freeman for this? what was Winter's cut?]

"The lawsuit details the distinctive traits of orcas, the largest species within the dolphin family, including their sophisticated problem-solving and communicative abilities and their formation of complex communities."

Is that so...then just why haven't they 'communicated there was a problem' like thirty or forty years ago? 

And clearly, most people today appreciate the efforts made, including the general welfare provided, through business ventures/education/outreach like that of Sea World -- than not.  Otherwise, Sea World would be out of business. 

You know what I'm thinking -- giving where America has been heading these days -- if this lawsuit wins, orcas will potentially have more rights than some of us humans living in America.  say what, G?

Hear my cry -- it kinda sounds like a baby beluga -- but if these creatures all of a sudden become "in their own right" in the midst of many Americans losing their "in their own right," then what does that really say? 

Humans in America were given certain unalienable rights  [by God, mind you] and subsequently documented in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence.  These documents protected us equally under the law; not that we would all be guaranteed an equal outcome, but merely guaranteeing equal opportunity; and then, being fully "in our own right" to live, work and play and hopefully, make enough money to actually profit, or at the very least pay for the bare necessities like food and shelter, and thereby granting the freedom to create a life -- accruing property, wealth, and growing a family and maybe even getting a dog -- to be made available in equal portion for us all.  

Redistribution of wealth/property against America's will is unconstitutional.  So, you all [PETA people] wanna talk about slavery?  ...let's roll and I'll throw in a high jump out of the water for free.

The thing is -- the problem is within this growing and incredible resurgence of the hand picking of special preferences and treatment [much like all government regulations, really...like, take for example, subsidies specific to green energy determined better than oil/gas...or, affirmative action extended to one group of citizens over another....or, orcas deemed eligible for human rights but not dolphins....]   Government does a lousy job playing God for everyone and everything under heaven, just sayin'

But back to the new black -- orcas being enslaved by the profiteering land/aquarium owners, no less...

Let's just hope it goes no further than entertainment and perhaps PETA reeling in a few extra bucks for their efforts. 

And Godspeed to Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka and Ulises...hope you have some kind of deep pockets helping you all out.

Make it a Good Day, G

1 comment:

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