Following a recent accident at a US marine entertainment park that resulted in the sad loss of a human life, public awareness has risen regarding the cruelty involved in confining wild whales and dolphins.
In a new study, researchers from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom found that dolphins in their native habitats experience extreme stress if forced to have too much close contact with people.
The study, which was conducted off the coast of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania revealed that when large groups of tourists came and tried to swim with and touch a group of bottlenose dolphins, the marine mammals spent much more time moving through the water and significantly reduced time spent in activities such as seeking food, nurturing their young and resting. As a result, not only individual dolphins, but whole populations could be harmed.
Respected Canadian conservationist Michael Bailey, co-founder of the international environmental group Greenpeace, has in recent months been calling for renewed respect toward dolphins, along with a halt of their massacre for meat and capture for entertainment.
In an interview with Supreme Master Television, Mr. Bailey spoke of them as one of all animals we must protect to sustain our environment.
Michael Bailey – Co-founder of Greenpeace, Canadian conservationist, documentary producer (M): For me the dolphin is a very special creature. They have a cheerful nature and a gentle nature and they have a tribal nature that’s really rare.
Perhaps the way that, in my view, ancient humans were tribal thousands of years ago, working together. And these gentle creatures warm our hearts, make us feel alive, make us understand that the Earth is a very special place. We’ve got beautiful creatures on this planet that we share with and we need to respect them
and make the planet a better place for all. Be veg! Go green! Save the planet!
VOICE: We thank Mr. Bailey, Greenpeace and the Newcastle University researchers for your work in raising public awareness about the gentle dolphin. May such understanding help humans and all co-inhabitants of the Earth to live in peaceful co-existence. In an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the need for human kindness toward all animals, especially in our wish to save the planet.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: If we want to call ourselves a civilized human race, we must protect the animals’ lives, which are linked to ours. If we want to receive the mercy of Heaven for our life here on Earth, we must first be merciful in granting the same dignity and freedom of life to the animals.
Only then can we have a return of the environmental balance that I know you also seek to protect. So please everyone, be veg and we can save the planet.